Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo


Hi there! My name is Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo, and I am both a freelance translator (Spanish and Portuguese to English) and the owner of Accessible Translation Solutions, a boutique translation agency based in Southern California. I have over 10 years of experience in the language services industry, having worked as a project manager, a health care interpreter, a translator and a small agency owner. While I no longer interpret as part of my everyday work, I continue to specialize in life sciences and medical translation. I believe that some of the best T&I agency owners are those who understand the freelancers they work with on a daily basis because they began as freelancers and/or continue to freelance themselves.

In addition to my roles as a translator and small agency owner, I am currently serving my second term as a Director on the Board of the American Translators Association (ATA), and I am the Chair of ATA's Membership Committee. I am also as a consultant for the University of Louisville Graduate Certificate in Translation.

I grew up in a bilingual household and continued to study languages throughout my academic career. I have had the opportunity to travel and work outside the United States on several occasions. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish with an emphasis in Linguistics from the University of Louisville.

In addition to my work in the language services industry, I have taught Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Louisville, The Ohio State University and California State University-Fullerton. 

From colleagues...

I have known Madalena for quite some time and can attest to her high level of professionalism, great work ethics, motivational spirit and her dedication to a community of translators and interpreters. She is an excellent communicator and always takes the initiative to contribute to a community of language professionals both on a local and national level. In addition to her professional qualities, Madalena possesses great character and a very outgoing personality, and it is always a great pleasure to work with her.

~ Colleague from the American Translators Association

From clients...

Madalena and her team are professional and efficient, as they were flexible with our needs and the deadlines we set. They utilize highly trained and educated linguists and the work we have received is a reflection of that.

~Client from a major U.S. university global studies program

Madalena is the ultimate professional for almost any language-based task you can possibly pronounce! I enjoy her can-do attitude, she is a real problem-solver, and I hope to work with her again VERY SOON.

~ Client from a renowned publishing company