As Managing Director of Innovation, Sarah leads the Convenings & Networks portfolio which advances programmatic priorities and a broader global agenda for a more equitable and sustainable future through strategic convening and partnership development. The team explores innovative opportunities to address global challenges requiring cross-disciplinary coalitions to analyze, prototype, and advance solutions that lead to transformational impact. Many of these “new frontiers” explorations blend in-house research, exploratory seed grants, convenings, and other forms of incentivizing collaboration between partners. The team also oversees programming for the Bellagio Center including residencies and conferences.
Sarah began her career at The Rockefeller Foundation in 2006, leaving in 2015 to serve as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. She then became the Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools. She was most recently Chief Operating Officer at 100Kin10, a high-performing network of 300+ organizations across the country working together to improve STEM education. Sarah brings to RF expertise in philanthropy, partnership development and network engagement, operational systems, and strategic planning. Sarah holds a Master of Arts from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from New York University.