Director at Large: Sandy Peinado
Personal Statement: My background is a bit different from other nominees. I am a family medicine physician, who worked in academic medicine teaching medical students and residents for many years, then as a full time mother to three children, and am now working to educate and find markets for folk artists, many of whom create textiles, from around the world. By traveling extensively, collecting textiles, and taking multiple courses, I am self-taught in the field of textiles. I am passionate about the need to preserve traditional methods of textile production as well as to teach young people about the rich history and future of textiles. Developing strategic plans, enlarging audiences, and implementing change are all challenges that I enjoy and at which I have succeeded. I have been in on the ground floor of several capital campaigns at prominent teaching facilities. I believe that leadership involves both vision and attention to detail, skills that I have nurtured. If elected, I would hope to expand membership, broaden and strengthen our financial support, and contribute to the organization of programs and activities.
Sandy is Director, Artist Development and Social Impact, International Folk Art Alliance, Santa Fe, NM where she oversees all aspects of the organization’s outreach and engagement of folk artists including selection, entrepreneurial education, exploring new market opportunities, and developing strategic partnerships and organizational metrics to assist artists who strive to have a positive social impact in their native communities. She has been an external member of the TSA Fundraising Committee, 2014 and was the Organizer of the TSA Textiles Close Up Study Tour to the International Folk Art Market and Santa Fe in July 2015. Sandy has her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, cum laude, with a concentration in History and Literature, 1980, and an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1984. She was a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who taught medical students and residents for over ten years.