Sarah Manion

Chief Development & Communications Officer

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Sarah joined TerraCorps in August of 2020. She leads the Abundance Circle where she works to ensure that TerraCorps’ powerful mission and vision is supported and disseminated across a diverse range of audiences. From Cape Cod, Sarah has deep roots to the unique New England coastal environment. She grew up digging quahogs on Brewster tidal flats and exploring the dunes in Provincetown. Witnessing significant declines in the health of local ecosystems and a reduction in land access as a result of overdevelopment has shaped her environmental ethic.

Before TerraCorps, Sarah lived in Africa for almost a decade doing multi-sector sustainability work including managing an alternative production facility for Kate Spade & Co in Rwanda and building global artisanal textile supply chains for fashion brands. She has a passion for the way handmade objects connect people, history, and environment through craft. A through-line in her diverse professional experience is the powerful role of translation in building deeply rooted connections and relationships between diverse people, places and ideas.

Sarah identifies as a white female of mixed European descent. Living in Africa underscored her privilege and led her to focus on racial justice professionally and as a core part of her mindfulness practice. In particular, she has supported her Sangha (meditation group) to make a public commitment to long-term white awareness work.

She holds a B.A. in African Studies and Environmental Science from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in Nature-Culture Sustainability Studies from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and as a Princeton in Africa Fellow in the Central African Republic with the International Rescue Committee. She is delighted by meerkats, committed to chocolate cake, knits a lot and looks forward to owning a sustainable alpaca farm one day.

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