Sara Gibson

Position: Co-Founder & CEO

At 20 Degrees, Sara serves as ambassador in chief, partnership sommelier, and community connector.  In other words, she brings everyone together.  Sara sees new finance and revenue spaces being formed and is using her skills as an extrovert to bring non-profits, small businesses, and others into those spaces.  She sees opening access to communities who have been left out of these financial spaces as a priority for changing the non-profit sector to be more equitable and financially stable.  Of all her work at 20 Degrees, Sara is most proud of receiving applause from a group of Early Childhood Center providers when she presented a free new financial tool for their use.  Applause at a seminar is rare praise and the tool helped providers streamline their financial processes!

Sara’s 20-year career spans service in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, having worked at the Advisory Board Company (later Corporate Executive  Board) and award-winning service organizations, including Miriam’s Kitchen, AppleTree  Institute for Education Innovation, Sitar Arts Center, and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, as well as L’Ecole Koenig in Paris. Sara brings the experience of two campaigns as a staff member and one as a board member to her work.

Sara’s work has been highlighted as a best practice in the book Engaging Your Board in Fundraising: A Staff Guide and in the Washington Business Journal. She is a 2021 Washington  Business Journal Woman Who Means  Business and a proud member of Leadership Greater Washington.