Delora R. Sanchez, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Cornerstone Government Affairs
Delora R. Sanchez knows what it’s like to overcome adversity. Her parents died when she was young and she and a younger brother grew up in the foster care system.
Today, Sanchez leads the Maryland practice of Cornerstone Government Affairs, a national lobbying firm that approached her in 2015. She had become an authority on the state’s health care laws while at Johns Hopkins, where she was director of policy and advocacy for state affairs.
“While others may not have the time, energy or curiosity to dive into ‘the weeds’ on a given issue, my workman’s approach to understanding the issues ensures that I maintain my competitive advantage,” said Sanchez, who is also executive director of the Maryland Managed Care Organization Association.
Sanchez, a graduate of Towson University and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2014 and has been active with a variety of nonprofits.
She was recruited to serve on the board of Thread, which engages underperforming students at three Baltimore high schools with a family of committed volunteers. Her passion for mentoring comes from her own experience, she said, and started when she was in college.
“As someone who came from similar circumstances, I connected easily with young women who had recently aged out of Baltimore’s foster care system,” she said. “It was through these connections that I discovered that mentoring can simply mean living by example.”