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Sara Johnson

New Initiatives, RippleWorks


Sara runs New Initiatives at RippleWorks, a corporate foundation that connects leading expertise from Silicon Valley and the larger US tech sector with high-growth social ventures around the world.

Before joining the RippleWorks team, Sara was a full-time consultant with Integrity Ventures LLC, where she advised social enterprises, impact investors, family foundations, and corporations on how to maximize impact and effectively deploy capital. Prior to Integrity Ventures, Sara Johnson was the Operations Manager at Zasaka, an early-stage social enterprise working with small-scale farmers in Zambia. Before she relocated to Southern Africa, Sara managed the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, a two-year fellowship that teaches social entrepreneurs with great ideas how to design their work so that it can scale up to benefit millions. And before the Mulago Foundation, Sara was an Associate at Village Capital, where she helped with their Atlanta accelerator program and supported new programmatic initiatives and partnerships. After working at Village Capital, Sara began work at Emory's Goizueta Business School, where she helped start the Entrepreneurship Database Program -- a $2.3M initiative that produces data-driven insights on early-stage social entrepreneurship.

Sara graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a BA in Political Science and minors in Psychology and Peace & Justice Studies in 2011, and a graduate degree in Peace & Justice Studies with a focus on economic development in 2012. She also serves on the USD Kroc School of Peace Studies Board of Advisors.