Sandy Cioffi, seated, holding a cell phone to her ear.

Sandy Cioffi

Sandy Cioffi is a leader and big picture thinker. As a Stranger Genius Award nominee, Sandy has been recognized as a cultural innovator producing groundbreaking projects in Seattle and beyond. She has founded starts-ups, run community college departments, led creative direction for corporate clients, and created cultural convenings to move the needle on pressing social and political issues. What ties Sandy’s work across sectors is her ability to take big concepts and distill them into stories of possibility to inspire learning and engagement.

An interdisciplinary artist, Sandy’s documentary and feature film credits including the critically acclaimed Sweet Crude, Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us. Supporting the efforts of human rights organizations in Northern Ireland, she used video as a documentation and verification tool during the 1998 Marching Season. In 2003, she documented the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride led by now congressperson Pramila Jayapal. Sandy has designed media for live performance at the Annex Theater, Hugo House, The Seattle Repertory Theater and On the Boards, and she was a frequent political commentator and writer on the NPR show Rewind hosted by Bill Radke.

Sandy has worked with young people extensively as an artist in residence and through the mentor/apprentice film programs at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, Seattle Public Schools, and CREA’s Self Academy (New Delhi). As an educator, she has taught media production and communications at University of Washington, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University, and Cornish College of the Arts, where she founded the Film+Media program.

Artist Support Program 1998 (with Amii LeGendre)