Sarah Beiderman is the Chief of Staff for Friends of the Children, a national nonprofit with the mission of impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what. The innovative model revolutionized the field of mentoring and youth services with salaried, full-time, professional mentoring and data-informed performance management. Through catalytic capital aggregation, Friends of the Children has continued to scale its model, growing from seven to 22 locations in the past seven years.
Sarah is passionate about moving from the diversity, equity, and inclusion spaces into realizations of justice and freedom. At Friends of the Children, she drives strategy and collaborations to imbue the brand, organizational activities, and decision-making with core values like Put Children First and Demand Equity. Prior to Friends, with an eye toward freedom of expression and the power of arts and culture, Sarah ran the SPACES World Artists Program, an international cultural exchange for experimental, alternative artists addressing systemic inequities and socio-political issues, served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations and the Advisory Board of the National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network, and co-led Hispanic/Latino arts initiatives in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, in her free time, Sarah can be found working across the country to Get Out The Vote!
After receiving her BA in Art History and Religion from Oberlin College in 2003, Sarah went on to graduate from the Neighborhood Leadership Institute in 2006. In 2017, she obtained her MBA from the University of Portland and became a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.