Suzanna Sanchez, a performer since her early teenage years, was active with the Princeton University Players, performing, among other roles, Anita in West Side Story and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. When she wasn’t onstage, the Atlanta, Georgia, native was studying for her major, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and pursuing certificates in finance and in engineering and management.
Post graduation, she launched an acting career in Los Angeles, and has appeared in soap operas, TV sitcoms, and an Emmy-nominated film, Discovery Channel’s The Flight That Fought Back, a docudrama about the Flight 93 crash northwest of Washington, DC, that was part of the September 11 attacks. Still, “an urge to use the problem-solving skills I learned at Princeton” lured her back into finance. She is now a senior associate director of institutional sales for the global investment company Invesco in New York City.
Her motto is “Anything for Princeton!” In addition to class agency, she served ’04 and AG as early as 2004, on the senior class committee, and later as participation chair and a member of the special gifts committee. She is on her regional schools committee, and on the boards of the Princeton Association of New York City and the Princeton Club of New York.
Sanchez―whose brother, J. Scott Sanchez, is a member of the Class of 1995―shares class agent responsibilities with Maureen Monagle Miller and Eli Goldsmith, using a mix of e-mails and letters to reach classmates. “Volunteering with AG has always been fun for me,” she says. “And it helps maintain my connection with the university I love.”
Every year since graduation, she says, “I’ve had advice and support from faculty, classmates, and alumni.” She cites her undergraduate adviser, John M. Mulvey, professor of operations research and financial engineering, “who was so helpful when I came back into finance.” And, she notes, “I will always remember Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon, “who had a big impact on my class, and attended almost all our performances and athletic events.”
Her position at Invesco doesn’t leave her a lot of free time, but she keeps in shape with exercise classes at New York’s SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp. A current―and very demanding―time commitment, is preparing for level 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam, which is given only once a year and “requires a lot of studying. I travel a lot for work, and study on airplanes.”