Director, Program Advancement
Sarah is responsible for the advancement and alignment of Fresh Energy programs. She leads work to develop institutional support for Fresh Energy’s current and emerging initiatives and assists the executive director in ensuring that programs are planned, staffed, and executed for maximum effectiveness. A Fresh Energy staff person since March 2013, Sarah has worked in Minnesota’s nonprofit environmental community since 1990. In 15 years as a fundraising and communications consultant, she has helped organizations across the state leverage millions of dollars for worthwhile projects, from healthcare facilities to water quality improvement and land protection projects. As director of the Lower Phalen Creek Project, she assisted a community-led partnership in transforming an abandoned rail yard into the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary—an award-winning St. Paul city park—and helped secure key trail connections that make it easier for people to bike and walk to work and other destinations. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Sarah is committed to work that contributes to the health of our planet and its people. Sarah holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Anthropology with a Journalism minor from Macalester College, where she currently serves as a class agent.