Sandra Ambrozy is a nonresident fellow for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, bringing nearly 40 years of experience in philanthropy and strong expertise in human services, arts and culture, green buildings, and civil legal justice. She currently works with public and social sector partners to strengthen access to civil legal supports to remove barriers to opportunity, including volunteering as a navigator with the Michigan Legal Self-Help Network of Wayne County and serving as chair of the Governance Leadership Team for the Self-Represented Litigation Network. Most recently, she was a consultant with Schmidt Futures and provided coaching for LIFT (Legal Interventions for Transforming) Dane, a partnership of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty and Law School, Legal Action of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Employment and Training Association.
Previously, she was a senior fellow and senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, where she developed strategic and layered investments to address critical issues, including access to civil legal supports, climate change, and economic mobility, in close partnership with stakeholders. She has deep experience in activating a range of grantmaking tools, from capital challenge grants to enterprise-level supports and social impact investments. She has also served as a board member of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and as a member of the Board Steering Committee for the Economic Opportunity Funders. Ambrozy is a graduate of Tufts University, where she focused on Asian studies and Mandarin Chinese.