February 2016 | Diana Sanchez

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Diana Sanchez is a native Tucsonan who was drawn back to our wonderful city after college. During High School, she was selected amongst a group of students throughout Tucson to represent the U.S. on a trip through Europe where she experienced the culture, government and architecture of the Mediterranean. Because of this, Diana wanted to branch out of Tucson to see more and did so by attending college at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Attending GWU was a unique opportunity and living two blocks from the White House through most of college, Diana took advantage of the city and opportunities available. From lobbying on Capitol Hill for non-profits to being a tour guide for the University, she says that her time in D.C. was one of the most amazing experiences that she ever had. Diana was a founding member of the D.C. Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, a yearbook photographer and also an Emerging Leader Mentor for GWU to name a few accomplishments. Working at least two jobs throughout college to help her single mom with tuition, she still stayed highly involved throughout school while still gaining as much work experience as possible. After graduation, which had followed a brutal ‘Snowmageddon’, Diana decided to replace the snow and cement city with the desert heat and mountain ranges of home.

Finally back home, and out of the cold, Diana started working at a unique job that gave her the opportunity to travel attending tradeshows, work on a #1 television show, and gain valuable experience in sales and manufacturing. She currently serves as the Senior Sales Coordinator for Tattoo Manufacturing International (the World’s Largest Manufacturer of Temporary Tattoos!). Even though she works full time, Diana also contributes locally to the community as much as possible as an alumnae advisor for Pi Beta Phi at the University of Arizona, mentoring and volunteering at PACC (Pima Animal Care Center), serving on the Author’s Table Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, and volunteering for the local chapter of Team First Book (the non-profit she lobbied on the Hill for). Last, but certainly not least, Diana joined TYP early last year and has been developing the TYP Mentorship Program with the Professional Development Committee that will launch this year!!

Diana loves Tucson and the local community. Early this year, she is taking a slight break from some of her duties, but for good reason: She is getting married this March!! You will see her in the future as Diana Charbonneau and she is very excited for big changes coming for her future and the betterment of our beautiful community.

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