Councilwoman – Philadelphia City Council District 7.
Maria is the first Latino elected to a district City Council seat and the first Latina to serve on the Philadelphia City Council.
She have sponsored business tax reform legislation to make Philadelphia manufacturing industry competitive again; helped to create of a Land Bank in Philadelphia to deal with the problem of property blight. In City Council, Councilwoman Sanchez serves as Chair of the Committee of Licenses and Inspections, Vice Chair of the Streets and Services, Public Health and Human services Committees.
She is a veteran activist with over 25 years of public and volunteer service, who advocates for economic development, women’s and workers’ rights, family wages, voter registration, and health care availability, among others.
Maria is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition. From June 1996 to June 2000 she served as the Executive Director of ASPIRA of Pennsylvania. She was also for several years Director of PRFAA in Pennsylvania, the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration office.
Maria is a graduate of Philadelphia public schools and completed the Masters in Human Services program at Lincoln University in 1992. She is married to Tomas Sanchez and they have two sons, Edgar and Tomasito, and one grandson.