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Managing Director of Expansion & Integration

Sara Wasserteil

Sara leads Cara Collective’s national expansion arm, Cara Plus, where she drives growth, strategic partnerships, and impact to help businesses and non-profits drive more inclusive employment pathways around the country. Prior to Cara Collective, Sara spent 12 years managing, measuring, and scaling programs across the social sector in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as a social impact strategy and measurement consultant for organizations like the Canadian Federal Government, City of Chicago, Google.org, TD Bank, and YouTube. Sara serves on the Executive Board of Spark and Fast Company Magazine, and as a graduate mentor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She holds a BA from Boston University and an MPP from the University of Chicago.
Sara’s first job: “Selling cinnamon rolls and bagels at my parents’ bakery in Portland.”

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