• 2019 GMiS Luminary •
Sandra B. Carchi is the Leidos lead supporting the development and implementation of the Defense Intelligence Security Agency’s (DISA) Mission Assurance and Supply Chain Risk Management strategy. In this capacity, she’s responsible for protecting the organization's information and information systems from unauthorized access and disruption, and her duties encompass managing and enforcing security strategies and policies including IT Security Strategy, Cyber Security, and Compliance and Risk Management.
Ms. Carchi is a recognized subject matter expert in multiple areas, including operations, mission assurance and resiliency, continuity of operations, IT contingency planning, disaster recovery, implementation of government policy, and risk management framework. She has over 30 years of proven IT experience, and she’s built a reputation for delivering outstanding results, interacting with leadership at all levels, and coordinating with teams from diverse cultures.
In her personal time, Ms. Carchi works to build a stronger workforce, provide mentorship, and deliver community buy-in and support. In her role with ADELANTE, the Hispanic Enterprise Resource Group for the Defense Information Systems Agency,she assists in planning and implementing tasks during Hispanic Heritage Month every year. She also devotes time to local church charities at her home parish of St Mark’s.
Ms. Carchi is also a member of the Project Management Institute and an active volunteer of the PMI Baltimore chapter, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Project Managers and promoting professionalism in the field. As a Project Management Professional, living in Harford County, Sandra helps professionals in the Hispanic community update their resumes, look for better career opportunities and obtain Project Manager Professional certification. Recently, she accepted the role of Harford Site Director for Project Management.
Born and raised in Ecuador, educational opportunities for Ms. Carchi were limited. Seeking a better education and living conditions for their family, her parents moved them to the U.S. when she was 15. Their move paid off for Sandra when she earned her B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from Mercy College.
After graduation, she worked in the private sector for 26 years, overcoming language and cultural challenges. In 2014, she moved from the private sector to government contracting and had to rapidly acquire knowledge and adapted to government regulations and culture.