April 15, 2005  


Stanford Site Office Welcomes Nancy Sanchez

By Linda DuShane White

Nancy Sanchez, the new DOE Stanford Site Office Manager, has completed her training and is busy getting to know her new job and community. Sanchez was recruited and hired by Milton Johnson, Chief Operating Officer in the Office of Science (SC), in Washington, D.C. To prepare for her new position, Sanchez has spent time training with Bob Wunderlich in Chicago and here at SLAC with Michael Holland, the current Acting Manager.

Nancy Sanchez
Photo by Diana Rogers

She brings broad experience in the private sector to her position at SLAC. Her background includes working at AT&T during their process-oriented ‘golden age,’ followed by time at dotcoms during the boom. Immediately before coming to SLAC, Sanchez was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase. “It’s curious that my breadth of experience in a variety of industries seems to have been the best training ground possible for what I’m doing now, which I consider a hybrid of pure management and managing in a technical environment.”

An Epiphany

“What called me from the private sector to the public sector was that I walked out of the World Trade Center at 8:45 the morning of September 11, 2001. One hundred twenty seconds made the difference between my being underneath fire in the sky and being in a building.

“When I saw the fireball I thought a lot of things, but in the time between the first and second plane hitting I realized at that moment that working for a big bank no longer had a sense of meaning for me. I thought, I’m too old to join the marines or the army and I’m fundamentally non-violent so I want to find a way to be of service to my country.

“I went through about two years after that doing business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning at the bank. My personal agenda was always twofold: keep people safe, keep the business going, and do great work.”

Sanchez then began searching the government database, Jobs USA, seeking a position which would allow her to to serve in ways, “where I can help make the environment safer and be a good steward for America.”

Sanchez is no stranger to California. Her older sister lives in Piedmont and her niece is a sophomore at Stanford. Her sisters went to Stanford and Sanchez was accepted as well, but chose instead to earn her Masters in Public Administration from USC.

The public sector is a good fit. “People here have been very gracious. I was happy here when I first got a sense of the people both in the Site Office and across the Lab.”


The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is managed by Stanford University for the US Department of Energy

Last update Thursday May 05, 2005 by Topher White