Sara Swisher (’19) has been named the Development Coordinator for the National Organization for Women, the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.
Founded in 1966, NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
“I’m really passionate about social justice work,” Swisher said. “I wanted to work with NOW because they advocate for issues I’ve been personally affected by. I’m also super passionate about fundraising for social justice causes. We have to raise money for these organizations and causes if we want to achieve equity.”
As Development Coordinator, Swisher will assist in developing a fundraising plan alongside the organization’s Director of Development.
Most recently, Swisher worked as a Project Coordinator with EAST Initiative, managing the organization’s special projects and community partners across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Her efforts with EAST included executing two Million Women Mentors events for women in STEM in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, creating and funding the Education Unleashed Parent Support Program funded by the Walton Family Foundation, and founding EAST’s affinity group, Friends of EAST, among others.
She gained fundraising experience in her role with EAST, and assisted The Yarn, a Little Rock storytelling nonprofit, in its recent Kickstarter campaign. She serves as Treasurer for the Clinton School Alumni Association and oversees the group’s fundraising efforts for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund along with Christian Canizales (’20) and Brady Ruffin (’20).
In addition to her Master of Public Service, Swisher is a graduate of Christian Brothers University with a degree in English. Before enrolling at the Clinton School, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and Food Policy Coordinator at Memphis Tilth.
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