Sarah Gwilliam grew up a military brat, living around the world where she was immersed in a diversity of language and culture. Sarah applied these experiences to social good work for the US government, nonprofits and corporations.
Sarah most recently supported cause marketing efforts for JCPenney, where she steered the company’s impact initiatives. While there Sarah launched the company’s first Sustainability Report and developed an international product donation program. She then joined the Philanthropy team, helping to realign and rebrand the corporate nonprofit, executing million-dollar fundraising campaigns, and developing the grant-making process. She planned and managed employee engagement, volunteerism programs, and disaster relief response. Sarah received multiple achievement awards highlighting her commitment to volunteerism and inclusion and diversity.
Prior to joining the corporate world, Sarah was a Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Sarah traveled extensively through the developing world to analyze critical aid programs and identify key success stories, which she presented to government leaders. She worked in West Africa to issue a report on the Global Food Crisis and in Haiti to issue a report on reconstruction programs.
Sarah holds a Masters in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training (SIT) in Washington D.C. Sarah spent her graduate practicum in El Salvador, where she supported capacity development and growth of a local nonprofit while aiding in programs such running rural eye clinics and working with children and youth. She graduated in 2009 from William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and a focus on the Middle East.