Nancy Lee Sanchez

Executive Director, Kaplan Educational Foundation

Nancy Lee Sánchez, M.A. is the Executive Director of the Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF). As the founding Director of Academic Advisement and Student Development, Nancy was responsible for the design and implementation of the Kaplan Leadership Program (KLP) model. KLP’s community college to four-year advisement model focuses on developing the whole student while preparing them for a lifetime of personal, financial, and socially conscious professional leadership.

By leveraging key strategies, including: intensive academic advisement, leadership coaching, culture-sensitive curriculum, and collaborative partnerships, the KLP model under Sánchez’s leadership has a proven track record. Kaplan Leadership Scholars have earned an 88% associate degree completion rate, a 92% transfer rate, and a 76% bachelor’s degree completion rate. Sánchez has served as a strategic partner and advisor to the Kaplan Educational Foundation Board of Directors, while managing the Kaplan Leadership Program’s rigorous recruitment, academic, advisement, leadership and scholarship components.

Sánchez has over 18 years of expertise providing greater access to higher education, improving the college experience, and supporting leadership among low-income, underrepresented and nontraditional students through collaborative partnerships and services that directly target factors affecting degree-attainment gaps.

Sánchez’s own educational journey started at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC), where she earned an associate degree in early childhood education. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Long Island University, and a master’s in sociology from Brooklyn College. As a 2014 National Hispanic Executive Leadership Fellow, Nancy completed an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership. Born in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Nancy currently resides in Brooklyn.

More recently, Nancy published The Kaplan Educational Foundation’s transfer admissions guide, “Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer,” in October 2017.

Twitter – @KaplanEdFdn


On Wharton Business Radio

Your Money: January 30, 2018 Episode Featured ImageYour Money: January 30, 2018

Host Kent Smetters is joined by Nancy Lee Sanchez (Executive Director, Kaplan Educational Foundation), Ryan Vogel (Senior Wealth Advisor; Partner, Private Wealth Management Group), and David Blain (Chief Executive Officer, Senior Wealth Advisor, BlueSky Wealth Advisors, LLC) on the Tuesday, January 30, 2018 edition of Your Money.

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