Sandy Skelaney

Executive Director

For the last 20 years, Sandy has been mindfully building and improving programs in the social impact space focused on victim-services, public policy and educational initiatives.  Sandy credits years of  mindfulness  and meditation practice with developing a foundation for designing human-centered programs as well as the resiliency needed to thrive through personal and professional challenges.

Sandy is recognized for spearheading Florida’s response to sexually trafficked minors with the creation of Project GOLD at Kristi House in 2007; an effort which resulted in the development of the state’s first multi-disciplinary response, transformation of protocols in dozens of agencies, drafting and passage of FL Safe Harbor Act, training thousands of professionals, and launching of a program and drop-in center providing comprehensive services to hundreds of trafficked children in Miami.

At Florida International University, she has been a Program Director and Adjunct Lecturer for the Center for Women and Gender Studies and School of International and Public Affairs where she teaches students to use design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to address pervasive social problems.

She is a sought-after consultant and educator whose expertise in leadership and program development, social entrepreneurship, trauma-informed care and human trafficking has been requested by a breadth of professionals from educators and healthcare providers to law enforcement.  She has presented keynotes or advanced training for over 20,000 people in schools, prisons, community based organizations and conferences across the world as well as on the TedxMiami stage.

Sandy has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University and has won several awards for her advocacy and program development, including the prestigious “Women Who Make a Difference in Miami” award from the Junior League of Miami. She volunteers on the Board of Directors for Hanan Arts and as the Speaker Director for TEDxMiami 2020.