After 27 years serving as the Executive Director of East Side House Settlement, John A. Sanchez has announced his retirement as of December 2016.
Raised in the Bronx and a graduate of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Sanchez’s career embodies commitment to the non-profit community and improving the lives of children and families throughout New York City. He served on the boards of United Neighborhood Houses, Citizens Committee for Children, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science, New Visions Charter High School for Humanities, and Bronx Charter School for Children. Before taking the reins at East Side House, he also served as Executive Director of Catholic Big Brothers of New York.
During his time at East Side House, Sanchez was behind the development of what is affectionately referred to as the organization’s “secret sauce:” embedding supportive social services into educational programming, ensuring all participants receive the support required to reach their academic and economic goals. Sanchez is also credited with developing a fruitful partnership with the New York City Department of Education, bringing East Side House’s resources into local schools, improving schools’ attendance and graduation rates.
Since 2002, when East Side House partnered with its first school, Sanchez has seen nearly 2,000 students graduate from agency’s high school programs– and has reached tens of thousands of students and families of all ages through East Side House’s early childhood, afterschool, college, family and senior services.
Under Sanchez’s leadership, the organization has maintained regular growth, expanding services and reaching new neighborhoods to further reach its mission of serving NYC’s families in need. Currently, East Side House serves 10,000 individuals and families annually from 28 locations.
“The true mark of a great leader is that when that person leaves their place, the entity that they once oversaw is in a better place…and we at ESH after 27 years are in a better place financially, programmatically, and in all other areas, thanks to his leadership,” remarked Associate Executive Director Daniel Diaz.
Sanchez leaves his mark on the organization as a leader with integrity. His leadership style always keeps the needs of the community and the well-being of the organization at the forefront. His foresight has been what has kept the organization not only stable, but thriving even during precarious economic times.
Diaz will succeed Sanchez. With the organization since 2004, he’s aided in East Side House’s growth and expansion beyond its Mott Haven base, and lead the development of the organization’s current five year strategic plan. His vision includes an increased emphasis on STEM learning, strengthening of East Side House’s workforce development portfolio, and providing services for English language learners, a direct response to the emerging needs of the communities served.
“The organization is in good hands with Daniel. This is the beginning of an exciting chapter for East Side House. I’m looking forward to seeing how the agency takes shape in years to come,” John Sanchez told us, enthusiastically.