Rockford Housing Authority’s, Board Commissioner, Sandra Sigala,


Rockford Housing Authorities’ very own Sandra Sigala won the February 2021 International Tradeswomen Heroes Award! The award recognizes workers that set an exemplary example both on and off the job site. Sandra was born and raised in Rockford. She attended Boylan Catholic High School and Rock Valley College, studying Art, Child Care, and Child Development. Sandra is a Foreman Painter with 15 years of experience; she is responsible for overseeing the job site, including staffing arrangement of materials and production schedules. Sandra’s passion has granted her a multitude of appointed leadership positions such as Recording Secretary for IUPAT LU 607, Recording Secretary for the Rockford Labor Day Committee, Delegate for Rockford United Labor, Trustee for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Trustee for PDC 30’s National Women’s Committee and most recently appointed by the Mayor of Rockford and approved by City Council as a Commissioner to the Rockford Housing Authority.

Sandra was nominated since she achieved great things in her career and also in her personal life. Fifteen years ago, Sandra Sigala worked as a classroom academic assistant and was experiencing significant life changes. As a single mother of two, Sandra was determined to find a career that could provide her with a good wage and benefits. After speaking with the local union and the apprenticeship school, Sandra was armed with enough information to know that she was ready to start a new career in the finishing trades. She became a member of IUPAT Local 607, enrolled in the painter apprenticeship program, and began working for her brother’s company.

“Sandra’s passion and integrity are greatly appreciated at the Rockford Housing Authority, and her passion and involvement for the community are one of the many ways she is an asset to the RHA Board of Commissioners.”- Laura Snyder, RHA CEO.

Congratulations Sandra!