Co-Founder and CEO 20 Degrees Sara is a strategic, collaborative and high-energy problem solver skilled in securing the necessary resources, relationships and systems to create change. Sara pioneers new approaches to resource cultivation and believes in making alternative revenue accessible to new audiences from earned revenue to Pay for Success. Sara’s 20-year career spans service in the corporate and nonprofit sectors both domestically and internationally. A recognized innovator in the Opportunity Zone space as well, Sara’s insights has been highlighted as a best practice in the book Engaging Your Board in Fundraising: A Staff Guide, The Washington Post, Alpha Impact, and in The Washington Business Journal. Sara has mentored numerous startup founders, including as a mentor with incubator programs. Sara hails from Indiana and graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She maintains deep roots in the Hoosier State, where she learned to skip rocks on Lake Michigan and shoot free throws. An avid Francophile, home cook, and Polka fan, Sara lives in the District of Columbia with her husband and daughter.
20 Degrees is a management consulting firm specializing in helping nonprofits and social enterprises diversify revenue and strengthen financial resiliency. With over 35 years of development, investing and business strategy experience, the firm is a national and regional leader on implementing new innovative financing and revenue tools for nonprofits and social enterprises. The company’s work as well as its COVID-19 Toolkit has been featured by The Washington Post, NPR’s Washington, D.C. Affiliate (WAMU 88.5), ImpactAlpha, Chronicle of Philanthropy and numerous other regional and national funder news outlets.