Sarah Lee is an experienced strategist, facilitator, and evaluator for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She is passionate about supporting thoughtful organizational change and collaboration at cultural institutions, in part by helping leaders and staff articulate their aspirations and envision new ways of achieving them, and in part by bringing community voices, needs, and interests into the conversation through research and evaluation.
Sarah spent fourteen years at Slover Linett, serving most recently as the firm’s President. She oversaw long and varied engagements with the Irvine Foundation, Levitt Foundation, Los Angeles Philharmonic, DataArts, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among many other organizations. As a Senior Consultant to the firm, Sarah continues to lead Slover Linett’s multi-year evaluation of the Irvine Foundation’s New California Arts Fund, an initiative designed to support arts organizations in undertaking transformational change to be able to sustainably engage ethnically diverse and low-income communities.
Sarah has spoken at conferences on arts philanthropy, creative placemaking, museum visitors, arts marketing, symphonies, and the arts on college and university campuses. Her publicly available research reports include “The Engagement Revolution: A Study of Strategic Organizational Transformation in 10 California Arts Nonprofits,” for the Irvine Foundation; “Recognizing and Advancing Nonprofit Excellence,” for the MacArthur Foundation; “Setting the Stage for Community Change,” for the Levitt Foundation; and “New Data Directions for the Cultural Landscape,” for DataArts. Sarah serves on the board of ArtsBoston, on the Town of Arlington’s Community Development Block Grant sub-committee, and on the steering group for the Cultural Research Network, which she previously chaired. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in government and an M.P.P. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, then completed PhD coursework at the Harris School, working at the intersection of urban and cultural policy with a focus on applied econometrics and program evaluation. While at Chicago, Sarah also worked with the university’s Cultural Policy Center. A lifelong Red Sox fan, Sarah lives in Boston, where she is an avid theater-goer, reader, and foodie.