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Sandra Bolton

Executive Director, Pretend City Children’s Museum

20 Women, continued ...Published: March 01, 2012

My passion: “Leading in a values-based way. All decisions we make and all actions we take for Pretend City are guided by our passion for preparing our children through healthy development.” 

Sandra Bolton made a lasting, positive effect when she was executive director for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, where she helped low-income families get free dental care. Today, Bolton is making a positive difference for children in a new way, as the new executive director of Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine. Bolton oversees the development of strategic community and business relationships for the museum. Previously, Bolton, a lawyer and a nurse who has worked in both professions, served as the City of Hope’s vice president of Professional Services. Under her leadership, Healthy Smiles for Kids Orange County raised more than $7.5 million in its first four years, constructed a 7,000-square-foot dental facility and collaborated with other institutions to establish the first dental residency program in Orange County.

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