Sandra Lombana Lindquist has over 25 years of experience in economic and community development in the New Orleans region. She earned her B.A. in Business & Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas and has a master’s degree from Tulane University. She is currently the Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer at the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.
Sandra has a passion for promoting women’s networking in the workforce. She is the creator of the first women’s collaborative conference, a full day professional development conference for women, which is launching this year in New Orleans. She is the co-creator of the Chamber’s Women’s Business Alliance; a co-founder of the original Women & Wine on Wednesday in which she & her colleagues were recognized as “People to Watch - 2007” by New Orleans Magazine; and, an invited member of Power of Women whose mission is to bring women together in a trusting environment to share ideas and best practices.
In 2015, Sandra was chosen as one of five locals to represent the New Orleans business community to visit Japan and discuss the importance of resiliency post disasters like Hurricane Katrina, and she was nominated as one of 50 women for New Orleans CityBusiness’ Women of the Year. In 2016, she represented the New Orleans Chamber in Leadership Louisiana and graduated from Delgado’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, an intensive educational program which teaches techniques for running a successful business. Sandra completed her accreditation as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) in 2018 making her the only practicing chamber executive in the State of Louisiana with this accreditation.
Sandra is a graduate of the inaugural class of the New Orleans Regional Institute (NORLI) and the Jefferson Chamber Leadership Institute. She has sat on various boards and committees including the Louisiana Industrial Development Executive Association (LIDEA), Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI) the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is currently the President for the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE).