Acting President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)
Sarah Shannon has over two decades of experience in both nonprofit management and fundraising, bringing a wealth of knowledge about the sector as a whole and specifically about the Brooklyn landscape. She joined Brooklyn Community Foundation in November 2014 as Director of Philanthropy & Donor Services and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in January 2017. As COO she is responsible for the oversight of both the Foundation's internal operations and strategic partnerships. In addition, she works closely with the board, leadership, and staff to steward new philanthropic funds that the Foundation administers for nonprofits, corporations and major donors. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sarah was Deputy Director for the Heart of Brooklyn, a partnership of the borough’s leading cultural institutions. She was also National Program Director for Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a school-to-career initiative for the culinary and hospitality industries. As a nonprofit fundraising and management consultant, Sarah’s clients have included National Child Labor Committee, The Jewish Museum, Lutheran Medical Center, and Art2Facts, Inc.
Sarah graduated with honors from Barnard College. She is a proud Brooklynite since 1997 and currently lives in Clinton Hill with her husband and two sons.