The SPIN Academy Speakers

Chuy Sanchez

Communications Trainer, Opportunity Agenda

Chuy leads field training on messaging and media communications for allies in the social justice field around the country, with a focus on human rights advocates working on immigration issues in the American South. The emphasis is on designing, conducting, and evaluating trainings on messaging, media readiness, oral presentation, and other communications skills with a wide range of advocates, policymakers, artists, and other social justice leaders.

Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Chuy led marketing and communications efforts at In The Life Media effectively increasing the brand’s visibility in national media markets and expanding its social media reach. He also co-produced the GLAAD Media Award nominated story for “In The Life” titled “Kicked Out” that takes a stark look at youth experiencing homelessness. Earlier in his career, he was a producer on the Telemundo 47 morning talk show “Las Comadres con Gloria B” and a Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) where he established relationships with leading Spanish language media outlets in the United States, successfully pitching hundreds of stories that responded to defamation of the LGBT community while leading media advocacy trainings and joint media efforts with partner organizations across the country and in Mexico City.

As a writer, Chuy participated in the International Arts Relations (INTAR) Hispanic Playwrights Residence Lab and won Pregones Theatres’ Asunci√≥n Playwrights Project. He wrote “pregnant boy” for the short story anthology titled “From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction” from the Tincture Imprint of Lethe Press and collaborated on the WW Norton & Co. publication titled¬†Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America.