Trish Sanchez is Assistant Sheriff of San Mateo County, CA. She is the first woman to serve in this role as well as the woman in the department to rise to the rank of captain. A graduate of Woodside High School, Sanchez worked in the restaurant business while attending the College of San Mateo. Two seminal events spurred the realization that she wanted to do more; She attended a career day at the county fairgrounds and accompanying an uncle, who was a Los Angeles police sergeant, on ride-a-longs, according to the Sheriff's Office.Sanchez became a reserve officer with the Sheriff's Office and soon went to work full-time as a patrol deputy working the areas of Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Woodside, and our coastal communities. During that time, Sanchez attended school and earned both a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree in leadership, according to the department, according to the Sheriff's Office.