Organization: National Alliance for Hispanic Families
Ms. Sanchez Fuentes brings extensive experience in providing services to children and low income families at the local, regional, and national level as President of the National Alliance for Hispanic Families (NAHF). In her role as President, Yvette will help lead NAHF’s critically important mission to build on the Hispanic communities’ assets in the areas of research, program, and public policy to better serve families in need.
Prior to joining NAHF, Yvette served as the Director for the Office of Head Start at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She helped lead ACF’s critically important mission of enriching the quality of early childhood development for our nation’s most vulnerable children. Prior to her appointment, Yvette was the Executive Director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA). She worked with early education services, policies and resources for migrant and seasonal farm worker children and their families.
Yvette’s passion for education, policy and resource development for underserved communities spans many years. Prior to her appointment at ACF, she worked at the Education Development Center where she was the Early Childhood Specialist for the International Systems Division and provided technical assistance to projects in Honduras, El Salvador, and Egypt.
Ms. Sanchez Fuentes also served as a National Head Start Fellow where she provided consultation in literacy, parent education, child care collaborations, and program improvement to Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and other early childhood education programs nationwide.
Early in her career, Yvette managed services for a large migrant and seasonal program for staff development and family child care initiatives. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from California State Polytechnic University.