Sandra Boyd

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Sandy BoydChief Operating Officer

Sandra Boyd joined Achieve in 2006 as a Vice President and presently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. In her capacity as COO, she provides overall organizational leadership, serving as “second in command” on a daily basis and being responsible for all organizational activities and operations so that Achieve can fulfill its mission of ensuring all students graduate from high school ready for college, careers and citizenship. 

Before joining Achieve, Ms. Boyd was vice president of human resources policy for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). There, she served as a senior advocate before Congress and federal agencies on workplace issues, including education, training, competitiveness, immigration, labor and employment. Ms. Boyd served in leadership roles in a number of broad-based national coalitions, including serving as chair of Compete America and the first employer-based workplace flexibility coalition, the FLECS coalition. She also served on the National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility and is a former board member of the National Immigration Forum.

Prior to working for NAM, she was the assistant general counsel to the Labor Policy Association, an association of Fortune 500 senior human resources executives. Ms. Boyd also practiced law at Epstein, Becker and Green and served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University National Law Center. Ms. Boyd is a frequent speaker on education reform and human resources issues and has written extensively on these topics. In addition to her role as an author and editor of various Achieve publications, she co-authored the Employers Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Labor Standards Handbook for States, Local Governments and Schools and the law school text Cases and Material on Federal Labor Standards (2nd Edition). She also has contributed to the American Bankers Association Human Resource Compliance Manual, State by State Guide to Human Resources Law, and the Employers Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment, published by the Thompson Publishing Group.

Ms. Boyd obtained her J.D. from George Washington University and her B.A. magna cum laude from San Diego State University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, a middle school mathematics teacher.

Why are you passionate about education?

“I truly believe that a good education can be a game changer--for individuals, families and communities. I saw this with my own family. My grandmother went to Michigan State (then Michigan Normal School) and became a teacher in the 1920's. She was the first person in her family to go to college (and family stories suggest everyone thought it was a frivolous thing to do, and that she should instead be looking for a husband). She insisted that all of her kids and grandkids get a college education, too because it was the path to the middle class and stability, but also because she believed in learning--in reading and traveling and exploring new things. After a decade of practicing law, I realized that I needed to make a change and believe in the work I was doing. After much exploration I decided that education reform--and Achieve's work specifically--had great potential to change lives for the better. It had for me and for my family; and I want others to have that game-changing opportunity, too.”

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