Sarah Illing


Sarah joined LFA in 2012 and brings a passion for social and economic justice, interdisciplinary inquiry, and collaborative leadership to her work. As a project manager, Sarah is responsible for overall project success, including ensuring effective communication with clients and delivering high-quality deliverables that align with each organization’s needs and mission. Her range of consulting experience has included developing instruments and evaluation frameworks; leading data collection and analysis; authoring reports; and providing technical assistance and capacity-building. Sarah has expertise in a variety of content areas, including immigration, education, and community health. She aims to incorporate cultural humility principles into all of her projects and is a longtime member of LFA’s Equity LeadershipTeam, which strives to facilitate ongoing personal and organizational reflection and help staff build skills and tools for keeping LFA’s work responsive to clients’ diverse perspectives, values, and cultural contexts.

Before joining LFA, Sarah lived in Colombia for two years, where she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and member of the Grameen Caldas team (now Yunus Social Business Colombia), which aims to reduce poverty through supporting and incubating social businesses. Sarah has a wide range of community-based experience including mentoring youth through a college access program, teaching ESL and academic writing, LGBTQ advocacy, time banking, and HIV prevention counseling.  She is fluent in Spanish.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outside, weightlifting, volunteering for progressive causes, cooking, and singing.


  • Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, Muhlenberg College

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation Case Study of United We Dream Network

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Framework Development and Implementation, and Learning Partner for Unbound Philanthropy

  • Evaluation of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Connecting for Success Initiative

  • Evaluation and Technical Assistance for First 5 Sonoma County

  • Strategic Planning and Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) Implementation Planning for First 5 Los Angeles

  • Evaluation Capacity Building for S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation’s LEAPS (Leadership and Evaluation to Advance Program Success) for Environmental Literacy Initiative