Sarah Robertson

Senior Social Innovation Specialist

Sarah is equal parts creative problem-solver, strategist, people-champion and food-lover.

Sarah is empathetic and intuitive, armed with 10 years of human-centered design experience, a penchant for unearthing the deeper truths behind the challenge at hand and the ability to communicate in a way that moves hearts and minds.

When you ask her friends and colleagues to describe Sarah, they say she lives at the intersection of curiosity and caring, armed with a healthy dose of exuberance to bring it all home. Sarah is our resident dot connector and spark finder, passionate about keeping real people front-and-center in the solutions we design together. She believes that when we start with people’s lived experiences, their truths become a sort of magical key to unlock solutions to the problem at hand (often re-shaping the problem itself). With experience spanning advocacy, economic development and research, she’s spent the better part of the last decade working in creative consulting, leading clients from Fortune 10 marketing leaders to newly minted startups and national, regional and local nonprofits through insight generation and strategic decision-making. After years of raising her hand and giving her time to all the mission-based clients who came across her desk, Sarah made the leap to nonprofit consulting to join Design Impact, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to focus on social justice work full-time.

A lifelong student of culture, patterns and human behavior, Sarah is an unapologetic lover of all of the food-stuffs and bad puns and a proud mama to two terrifically delightful small humans. In homage to her innate curiosity, Sarah holds a BA in English Literature, Sociology and the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability from Washington & Lee University.

Creative Outlets: Cooking and gardening, yoga and pilates, toddler art projects
Causes: Education access, equitable community development, sustainability

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