Between September 2009 and December 2016, Ricardo Sánchez served as vice president for Communications and Educational Services at Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
In 2006-2009, Ricardo served as associate director for the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) . He also served as state director of GEAR UP, a federally funded project administered by the HECB that helps low-income students prepare for college.
In 1989-1996, Ricardo was director of communications for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. He served also as the state superintendent’s speechwriter and senior policy advisor.
In 1998, Ricardo founded the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP), a statewide non-profit organization directed at improving academic achievement of Latino students in Washington State. LEAPled the effort in Washington in helping undocumented students gain access to higher education through passage of two laws – HB 1079 in 2003, and the REAL Hope Act in 2014.
In 1981-89, Ricardo was executive director of the Concilio for the Spanish Speaking, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, and was director of the NE YMCA in Seattle, 1974-78.
Ricardo earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Montana State University— Billings, and did graduate work in public administration at Portland State University and Seattle University.
Ricardo received the American Institute for Public Service’s Jefferson Award for his work in the ‘90s for advocating for farm worker housing. He received other community service awards from the Washington State Hispanic Bar Association and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, MEChA, Washington Association of School Administrators, and League of United Latin American Citizens.