Laura Sanchez

Program Director


Phone: 816-932-1271 Mobile: 816-797-9759

Laura Sanchez currently serves as the program director at Kauffman Scholars, Inc. (KSI), supporting a team of six coaches/staff who directly engage with all college-level students. Since joining the KSI team in July 2008, Laura has worked in several roles; high school leadership coach, secondary coach, postsecondary coach and her current role as one of the leaders of the organization.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Laura began her professional career in Kansas City in as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Bridging the Gap. While in Kansas City, she also worked with parents and families through the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and Head Start. After returning to her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, Laura managed a high-school based, multi-funded program as an AmeriCorps program director with Cypress Hills Educational Choices Center. Additionally, she worked with the Henry Street Settlement and Green Chimneys organizations providing individual and group adolescent counseling for homeless, LGBTQ and other at-risk youth.

Laura is a graduate of Boston University (bachelor’s of arts in cultural anthropology) and the Hunter College School of Social Work (LMSW). She lives in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri with her wife and two dogs.