Sandra's experience spans over 3 decades of working with federal, state and local governments from the executive, legislative and local levels to the private professional consulting arena. During her consulting tenure, Ms. Dunahoo has supported communities in securing public funding for critical community projects, earning a stellar reputation for compliance and integrity. Her experience encompasses a wide range of knowledge regarding community and business needs, as well as, developing the necessary infrastructure for robust economic development. Offering a broad understanding of Kentucky's rural economy, Ms. Dunahoo has developed a successful approach to strategic funding and is proficient in identifying and procuring federal, state and local funding for a variety of projects. Her demonstrated ability with public relations and familiarity with legislative issues allows her to effectively coordinate governmental and private agency resources to the advantage of communities throughout Kentucky.
Recognized for her thorough understanding of state and federal programs, Ms. Dunahoo was tapped to lead the Kentucky Department for Local Government from 2015 to 2019. As Commissioner of the Department, Ms. Dunahoo served in a senior staff/cabinet level capacity overseeing the investment of over $700,000,000. During her tenure, Ms. Dunahoo served as the Governor's representative on 18 boards and commissions, including the Governor's Alternate and Designee to the Delta Regional Authority, Alternate to the Appalachian Regional Commission and Chairman of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.
As Commissioner of the Department for Local Government and State and Local Finance Officer, Ms. Dunahoo was responsible for the review of 118 Annual County Budgets. In her capacity as the State and Local Debt Officer, Ms. Dunahoo was responsible for the local government debt hearing process and providing oversight regarding compliance for the issuance of new debt. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Dunahoo served for 10 years as Projects Manager in the Office of Congressman Harold Rogers in Washington, DC and manager of a US Army Library at Edwards Kaserne in Frankfurt, Germany.