As Director of Federal Relations, Ami Sanchez will focus primarily on federal contracting and innovation. With expertise in small business operations, Ami will help clients navigate complex federal acquisition and innovation programs across the federal government. She has particular knowledge of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and defense supply chains, helping clients access small business programs including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and 8(a) Business Development programs.
Prior to joining Strategies 360, Ami served as Senior Policy Advisor for U.Group. There she supported the Office of Small Business Programs, within the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Industrial Policy (Acquisition & Sustainment). In this role, she advised leadership across the Department of Defense on issues facing small and non-traditional firms in the defense industrial and innovation base. She also led the development of the Department of Defense’s Small Business Strategy, mandated by Congress in Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, providing important expertise on small businesses’ role in the health of the defense industrial base.
After earning her law degree, Ami she served as General Counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship for nearly a decade. She advised Senators and staff, under Senators Mary Landrieu, Maria Cantwell, Ben Cardin, and Jeanne Shaheen, on small business policy. She helped craft small business related provisions in large, complex legislation related to health care reform, the federal rulemaking process and regulatory reform, immigration reform, and innovation. As the only Latina General Counsel for any of the standing U.S. Senate Committees during her tenure, Ami has been a vocal advocate for the Hispanic community and increasing opportunities for Latinos in Congress and federal service.
Ami earned her B.A. in Political Science at Hollins University, and her J.D. from Texas A & M University School of Law.