Sandra Fatmi-Hall is known by the communities she serves, as a Community Activist, Advocate, Leader and Ambassador with a passion for young people. She is selfless about helping to bring solutions to all problems presented to her, and has made it her life’s mission to leave the world better than she saw it. One of her favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. states that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?”
Using a holistic approach, approximately 7 and a half years ago she collaborated with a professional group of loyal, dedicated individuals, and formed the United Foundation of Central Florida, (UFCF) Inc. – a public 501 C3 nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to bridge the gaps in our family, educational, and mentoring needs in our community. The slogan for the Foundation is “Empowering Communities one Family at a Time.” Although Sandra is the Founder and Visionary behind the Foundation, she was promoted by her board in 2018 to be the Executive Director.
The Foundation currently runs 3 programs. They are The Future Leaders United (affectionately known as FLU) After School Enrichment and Mentoring Program. The Program originally started at Evans High School 6 years ago with 7 students and has grown to 35 to 40 students today. FLU is successful to date in positively mentoring over 450 young people in and outside of Evans. FLU is focused on 7 Pillars: Namely Leadership Development, Financial Literacy, College Preparedness, Career Exploration, STEAM Education, Health and Wellness and Life/Family Preparedness after High School. Sandra is most excited that the Program is growing, and to date 99 students have graduated from the program with 94 attending College, 3 enrolled in the Armed Forces, and 2 currently employed. The Second Program is The Educational Scholarship in place since 2107. Under her leadership and with the dedication of her community partners and Board of Directors, United Foundation of Central Florida has awarded over $111,250.00 dollars in scholarships to our young people in the FLU Program, and an additional $15,000.00 to keep the students in college. The Third Program that has made an outstanding impact in the community, is the Food Insecurities Program that started in 2015, and to date has provided over 1,050,000 meals over the past 13 months. Sandra has changed her career path to allow her to fulfill her life’s dream of leaving this world better she saw it.
Sandra is the immediate Past President of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, one of the most diversified chambers in Florida. As well as the immediate Past President of the Pine Hills Community Council, the Advocacy Civic group for the 72,000 residents of Pine Hills.
Sandra has always stood firm in her roots, and represents her Jamaican community well, so being named the Secretariat to the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the 13 Southern USA States Wayne Golding, Sr., Esq. in 2015 completed the circle of her give back and heart for her community globally.
Prior to becoming a multifaceted Philanthropist in 2010, Sandra served in Branch Management, and has over 17 years banking experience. As a Bank Manager, she was responsible for the strategic growth and development of over $93 million dollars in total footings and made a difference by aligning the company’s business needs with the needs of the community to produce growth, jobs and economic stability.
Sandra has over 25 years’ experience in finance, marketing, human resource, and business development with a particular expertise in management. She is solutions driven, goal oriented and an effective team player, who achieves success by motivating others to excellence despite obstacles.
To date, over the past 8 years Sandra has received over 45 Awards for community service and her philanthropic work. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College in New York. Sandra is a native of Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Morant Bay, St. Thomas and is married to her best friend Dennis Hall.