Sandra J. ChampionExecutive director
Sandra J. “Sandy” Champion is an experienced accomplished philanthropic strategist who provides guidance to philanthropic families in the United States in regard to governance, administration, grant making, and investment oversight.
After a career as a Philanthropic Specialist for both large financial institutions and smaller investment firms, Sandy opened her own philanthropic consulting firm, Sandra Champion Consulting, in 2015. As part of her services to help families make sound philanthropic decisions, Sandy created the Family Foundation ‘Policy and Procedures Manual.’
One of the services Sandy provides through her consulting firm is to serve as the executive director of Panama Gateway. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and is the group’s first executive director.
Sandy brings a wealth of experience to Panama Gateway. Sandy was a Philanthropic Specialist in the Southeast Region for Wells Fargo Private bank from 2011 to 2015. In this position she was accountable for qualifying, sourcing, and deepening both new and existing philanthropic relationships in the region, primarily in Georgia. Before that, from 2008-2010, she was vice president of the Philanthropic Services Group for BB&T in Raleigh, N.C. where she was charged with sourcing, qualifying, establishing, and nurturing new relationships with philanthropic organizations across the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. She has also held positions in the financial services field as Senior Vice President with Metropolitan West Capital Management, Regional Marketing Director with Merrill Lynch, and National Liaison of retail distribution for Solomon Inc. and Solomon Brothers Asset Management.
Sandy earned an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, Katz Graduate School of Business, at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received her under graduate degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.
Sandy resides in Savannah, Ga.