Sandra Smith

Board Director
Portrait of Sandra Smith

1st Term 9/15/18-9/14/21

Disability Rights California
Attn: Sandra Smith
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Sandra Smith describes herself as a “seasoned disability consumer, parent and child advocate trainer”. She is the parent of 36-year-old Chad, an artist who is autistic and African American. “Autism and being a black male can create many civil rights concerns”.

The governor appointed Sandra to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) where she is the chair. As a parent and SCDD member, she follows state and federal legislation – particularly as it relates to the intellectual developmental disability populations and families. That’s one of the reasons she wanted to become a member of the DRC board.

Sandra has a B.A. in Child Development and certificates in culture/diversity, and clinical, social and behavioral compliance. She considers herself a ‘volunteer to families in need of advocacy. She has served on a number of boards, including Behavioral health Action and the UC Davis institutional review board.