As Program Officer for the Foundation, Sarah stays on top of community issues in the Triangle, particularly around cultural arts and environmental conservation, and works to address those issues through grantmaking programs, partnerships, and community engagement.
Sarah returns to the Foundation after serving as a Shannon St. John Fellow in 2012. Before (re)joining the Foundation, Sarah worked with the Resourceful Communities Program of The Conservation Fund to support grassroots organizations in eastern North Carolina leverage the natural resources in their communities to expand access to healthy foods and places to be physically active. Most recently, Sarah served as Managing Director of Greater Washington, in Washington, DC where she helped the organization transition from being volunteer-run to staff led. During her time there she also helped build a new advocacy program, which pushed for housing and land use policy reforms to address the growth and change in the region.
Sarah holds a master’s degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, with a focus on policy and community systems, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, majoring in Spanish and Psychology.
Sarah has lived in Spain (Mallorca and Sevilla), Massachusetts, and Washington, DC and is excited to return to North Carolina. She lives with her husband, Tim, and son Theo, in downtown Raleigh. In her free time she enjoys biking, hiking, and checking out new restaurants, art, and other exciting cultural experiences the Triangle has to offer.
Sarah is a writer for our blog! Check out her thoughts here.
Ways Sarah gives back
- Providing volunteer child care for organizations that empower women to change the world
- Donating to organizations the promote a more equitable world
- Supporting local businesses and artisans