Katie Sandoval-ClarkChief Advancement Officer
Katie has a B.A. in History and Political Science from University of California, San Diego, where she graduated with honors. She also studied in Canterbury, England, and holds an Associate’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Kent. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
During law school, she focused on public interest law with the goal of providing low-cost legal services to underrepresented communities. She also volunteered with an immigration agency filing visa petitions for undocumented immigrant survivors of domestic violence and with a housing agency that furthered public housing policy. While working as a legal writer, Katie began volunteering with the Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) Law Program.
Seeing that FLY embodied her goal to use the law to provide holistic services to underserved people and communities, she applied for the first job opening she saw. In 2013, she became the Volunteer Coordinator for FLY’s Mentor Program, recruiting and training volunteers for youth on probation. In 2015, Katie transitioned to FLY’s Development Department where she held various director roles for the following five years: Director of Grants Management, Director of Community Resources, and Director of Development. Now, as FLY’s Chief Advancement Officer, Katie leads the agency’s fundraising strategy and activities. She has continued to volunteer with FLY’s Law Program and most recently served as a CAFA in FLY’s CAFA Mentor Program. She also partners with students at Santa Clara University Law School as the professor of record to provide them course credit for facilitating the Law Program.
Katie says about FLY, “I started working at FLY because the organization was using legal education to support and equip people and communities who had been harmed by the legal system, and this resonated with why I wanted to be an attorney. I learned over time that FLY does so much more. FLY helps youth to see the best in themselves, restores their hope, and connects them with their power. FLY has invested in me tremendously, and I’m grateful to work for such an impactful organization.”
Katie is a member of the State Bar of California. She lives with her family in San Jose, and in her spare time, she likes to play board games, run, and make her daughter laugh.