Program Operations Manager – Civic Engagement & Racial Equity

Sarah Niskanen

Sarah Niskanen serves as Program Operations Manager for the Pontiac Community Foundation, where her focuses include civic engagement & racial equity. Sarah is a firm believer in the power of leveraging and empowering community to facilitate collective change; and is passionate about what the power of organizing can do.

Prior to joining the Pontiac Community Foundation, Sarah completed two terms of AmeriCorps service in Baltimore, Maryland focusing on anti-hunger work and early literacy intervention. Sarah also served as Program Director for the Maryland Farmers Market Association, where she launched the states’ first federal nutrition benefits incentive program. Sarah holds a Masters Degree in Legal Studies with a concentration in Litigation from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with minors in English Literature and Creative Writing from Ball State University.

A born and raised Michigander, Sarah is delighted to be back in her home-state and enthused about forwarding PCF’s mission of making Pontiac the premier place to live, work, and play.

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