Judy Sanchez is Senior Director of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs for U.S. Sugar. She is responsible for U. S. Sugar’s media, social media and public relations activities, along with its public education and information programs. In addition, she coordinates all external and internal communications functions, acts as a corporate spokesperson and assists with the company’s public affairs and community relations efforts. She has conducted thousands of interviews, presentations, speeches and debates as well as television and radio appearances focused on U.S. Sugar’s role in agricultural, trade and environmental issues.
Sanchez is extremely knowledgeable about U.S. and Florida agriculture, especially Florida’s sugar industry. As part of U.S. Sugar’s public affairs team, she is well-versed on trade,regulatory and environmental issues. In 2011, Sanchez was appointed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to the Agriculture Trade Advisory Council (ATAC) on Sweeteners. This group advises both USDA and USTR on trade negotiations in regard to sugar and sweeteners. She serves as a Trustee of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors for Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau and the Ag Institute of Florida. She is a former member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) and its subcommittee on Lake Okeechobee and the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County.
Sanchez attended the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication and received a B.A. in communications from Florida Atlantic University. She grew up in the heart of Florida’s sugarcane industry and has spent most of her life in and around the sugarcane industries in Florida and Louisiana. She and her husband, Julio, reside in Belle Glade, Fla., and have two grown sons: Matt, a Harvard Law School graduate practicing in Fort Lauderdale, and Nick, a football coach at the University of Albany in New York.