Sandra Clements attended St. Peter Claver Elementary School and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School. She continued her education at Marshall University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in rehabilitation education and counseling,
She is a Head Start mother, and her first job was as parent coordinator for Head Start’s federally-funded Basic Educational Skills Program. When funding for the program was withdrawn, she continued to work for Head Start as a family service worker.
She then worked as a field coordinator for the nationally-recognized Save the Children Federation. She was then hired by Marshall University as the administrative assistant to the vice president of Multicultural Affairs and advanced to become director of Marshall’s Office of Disability Service, a position she held until her retirement in 2016.
Clements was appointed to Huntington City Council’s District 5 seat in 2007 to fill an unexpired term. She was elected to the seat in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.
In October 2018, Clements was inducted into the Greater Huntington Wall of Fame. From 2018-20, she served as co-interim director along with Delegate Sean Hornbuckle of the newly-formed Fairfield Community Development Corporation. In 2021, she identified several Black business owners and, with the invaluable help of photographer and videographer Michael Crawford, took pictures that were included in the City of Huntington’s sesquicentennial time capsule that will be opened in 2121.
Clements is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and MU Black Alumni. She has served on various boards, including the A.D. Lewis Advisory Board, Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, CONTACT of Huntington and Cabell Huntington Hospital. She currently serves as a commissioner with the Huntington Housing Authority and the Firemen’s Civil Service Commission. She is a co-founder of the Community Scholarship Program and co-founder of St. Peter Claver’s Piecemakers Quilting Group.