About Sandy England
Sandy England is the Director of Enterprise IT Architecture and Strategic Infrastructure Group at Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
As the Director, she is responsible for supporting FSA's major applications in a common enterprise architecture.
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).
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 interagency initiative that provides electronic government services and information to students.
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 rearchitecture of the flagship application, the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) (http://fafsa.ed.gov/), used by over 6 million students annually to apply for student aid.
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 has since blossomed into the USA Services eGov initiative.
Sandy has 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 Philadephia, and the Music Arts music school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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).
Sandy received her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2002 after weeks of grueling studying and fingernail-biting anxiety.
In her spare time, she is active with the Project Management Institute, moonlights on small technical consulting contracts, and enjoys reading, manifesting, hiking, and her convertible Mini Cooper S.