Sarah Lassonde
National
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Sarah Lassonde

National Director of Foundation Relations

Sarah is the National Director of Foundation Relations at uAspire.  In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing relationships with uAspire’s institutional funders, serves as the organization’s primary grant writer, and works with regional Executive Directors to support their development work. Prior to joining uAspire, Sarah worked at the GreenLight Fund, a national venture philanthropy organization, as director of external affairs where she oversaw national development and communications, including developing the organization’s first national strategic plan, capital campaign, and re-branding efforts. She began her career at City Year’s national headquarters and held several positions over eight years with the organization, including senior director of foundation relations. Sarah earned an MA in European and Eurasian studies from George Washington University and a BA in international relations from Michigan State University.

Why uAspire?

I’m so inspired by uAspire's mission and singular focus on college affordability and its dual focus on direct service and systems change. I believe every young person should have the opportunity to fulfill his/her potential, and for most, that will mean college or a post-secondary credential. I'm excited to help uAspire break down the financial barriers that prevent our country's bright, talented youth from accessing the educational opportunities that will help them succeed.