Sara has 20+ years of management and leadership experience in the nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and health sectors and has raised over $25M to help communities and organizations thrive. Sara has proven successes in creating and executing strategic development plans, overseeing capital campaigns, stewarding high-level donors, managing Board and committees, analyzing prospective donor research, excelling at upward-management to meet team goals, executing high-profile events.
Sara was most recently the Development Director at Swallow Hill where she helped increase fundraising by 35% within the first year on the job. Sara was also the Founding Director of Education Pioneers, Metro Denver where she increased partnerships by 75% and worked closely with partners and diverse leaders to support the critical work happening in schools and education organizations. Prior to Education Pioneers Sara spent over a decade focused on development work at STRIVE Preparatory Schools and College Summit – Colorado, where she provided strategic leadership, capital campaign guidance, and direction for major gift fundraising while successfully managed to raise over $18M. Sara began her career with the Minnesota Department of Health where she focused on policy issues related to health, education, and socioeconomic determinants of health.
Sara is a first-generation college graduate with a passion for health, arts, music, and education, serving high-need communities, and ensuring others succeed regardless of their background or family income level. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse (Health Education and Health Promotion) and a master’s degree from St. Catherine’s University (Holistic Health) .