Sandy England is the Director of Enterprise IT Architecture and Strategic Infrastructure Group at Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education. As the Director, she is responsible for supporting FSA’s major applications in a common enterprise architecture.
Background: The Early Years
Sandy started out in the technical field in 1996, where she began as a web developer on Project EASI (Easy Access for Students and Institutions). Project EASI was the U. S. Department of Education’s first major re-engineering initiative designed to modernize its back-end financial aid systems and user interfaces to improve its public-facing touch points from the student’s perspective.
In 1998, she joined the Students.gov team as their Manager of Web Development and Operations. Students.gov, a government-wide portal web site, is an inter-agency initiative that provides electronic government services and information to students. The Students.gov site has been integrated into Federal Student Aid’s primary portal for customers and borrowers, StudentAid.ed.gov.
From 1999 to 2002, as an Ecommerce Project Manager, she served as the technical lead on several modernization initiatives of the Federal Student Aid, including a major design and re-architecture of the flagship application, the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) (http://fafsa.ed.gov/), used at the time by over 6 million students annually to apply for student aid. (Now, over 15 million students per year use the site!)
In 2000, she completed a detail assignment at the Office of FirstGov (http://www.firstgov.gov/) to establish requirements for an interagency Customer Relationship Management initiative, which expanded and became the USA Services eGov initiative.
Independent IT Consulting
Sandy implemented numerous web sites for several companies and nonprofits throughout the United States. As an independent consultant, Sandy spearheaded the development and implementation for the joint partnership websites between Travisa Visa Services and 1) Sabre Virtually There, Inc.; and 2) Travelocity. She has also created websites for the American Friends Service Committee’s National Youth and Militarism Program in Philadelphia, and the Music Arts music school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Recognition and Awards
Sandy holds several awards, including the Vice President’s Hammer Award for Students.gov (2000) and the FSA CIO Innovator of the Year award (2001). She was also a Fellow in the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) – Leadership for a Democratic Society , as well as an e-Gov Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government (2002) and served as a Co-Coach of the E-Government Fellows program (2003).
Sandy holds a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington (1994) and an M.S. in Information Systems Technology – Business Technologies from George Washington University (2000). She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and earned her certification in 2002 after weeks of grueling studying and fingernail-biting anxiety. Sandy is Senior FAC-P/PM Level III (Expert) and Senior FAC-COR certified.
In her spare time, she keeps very active developing websites and advertising campaigns for internet marketing products and services, and she enjoys playing with her kittens/cat, weightlifting, high-intensity interval training, running/jogging/walking, hiking, cooking, intermittent fasting, reading, listening to audio books, and rolling around in her convertible Mini Cooper S (with the top down, of course!) 😉