Sandy Wiegand
Sandy WiegandSenior Editor

Sandy Wiegand, M.A.

Sandy Wiegand is a copyeditor and writer who works to ensure that all JVA documents and communications are clearly written, consistent, accurate and engaging. Sandy’s primary responsibility is to copyedit all grant proposals, evaluation reports and other printed and online text for JVA. She has also written numerous reports summarizing clients’ strategic planning retreats, conducted dozens of stakeholder interviews, performed research, and worked to enhance and streamline JVA’s website content, and she frequently writes blogs for JVA. She also compiles JVA’s 411 newsletter, handles its social media accounts and provides support on JVA document design.

Sandy has 25 years of experience editing documents ranging from marketing materials, to medical and military planning reports, to newspaper articles of all genres. Her previous experience includes 15 years in the deadline-driven environment of daily newspapers. She has held the roles of news editor, assistant news editor and wire editor. After leaving the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2011, Sandy spent two years as a freelancer writing and editing medical reports for submission to federal agencies including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before joining JVA, Sandy was a technical/quality control editor at a planning company.

JVA Experience

  • Denver Economic Development and Opportunity (DEDO) Digital Equity Plan: In 2021, Sandy conducted over 20 interviews with key informants from Denver nonprofits, government agencies, foundations, consulting firms and organizations serving small businesses to identify gaps, barriers, strengths and opportunities related to digital equity in Denver. She analyzed the qualitative data from 32 such interviews to identify key takeaways, including implications for DEDO in its next steps in planning for creation of a digital equity plan in Denver and co-wrote significant portions of a community opportunity assessment report for digital equity in Denver. She also helped present findings of this phase of research.
  • Colorado Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA) Strategic Plan: Sandy conducted key informant interviews, was the lead writer for the discovery report informing CPRA’s strategic planning sessions, and created and presented slides on the findings.
  • Tri-County Health Department Healthy Youth Assessments: Sandy researched risk and protective factors related to substance use, mental health, suicide and violence for youth in Aurora and Adams County as part of literature reviews for healthy youth assessments in those areas. She also contributed to a policy scan and conducted several key informant interviews with community members for this project.
  • 2Gen Conference report: Sandy co-authored a report for the Colorado Governor’s Office summarizing key takeaways and ideas for action emerging from the 2017 Colorado 2Gen Statewide Conference. The report serves as a reference in the state’s continued implementation of two-generation approaches to addressing poverty.

Degrees

Sandy has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Community Involvement

Sandy has participated in a variety of volunteer work over the years, including water-testing and media support for the Fountain Creek Water Sentinels, and classroom support at Soaring Eagles Elementary, both in Colorado Springs.

Fun Fact

Sandy grew up the eighth among nine children.