President/CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
Alfred Sanchez is the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida’s first and the longest sustaining business development organization and one of the largest chambers in the southeastern U.S. He directs a team of 25 Chamber professionals, supporting more than 400,000 employees of chamber member companies in South Florida.
Alfred Sanchez was the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross responsible for leading a team of over 3,000 volunteers and staff, supporting nearly 8 million residents across 13 counties to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Alfred began his Red Cross journey in the 1990s when he served at the helm of the organization in Miami from 1995 to 1998. In 2014, Alfred enthusiastically rejoined the South Florida Region Red Cross to lead the organization as Executive Director for Greater Miami and the Keys.
Prior to his reunion with the Red Cross, Alfred led the YMCA of Greater Miami as President and Chief Executive Officer for 12 years. There he expanded the YMCA’s financial development and led strategic planning initiatives that culminated in the opening of three new Family YMCAs. These were the first facilities built by the Miami YMCA in 40 years and substantially increased the organization’s reach to thousands more lives.
Alfred also served as Director of Government & Community Relations for Royal Caribbean Cruises & Celebrity Cruises. In this role, he was responsible for the charitable programs and carrying out the company’s vision for enhancing the wellbeing of the communities throughout 160 international ports of call.
Trained as a master in community and clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, Alfred received his BA in Psychology and English from Beaver College in Pennsylvania. He is active in his church and in the Miami community, sitting on local and national boards.