Sarah Haacke Byrd
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Sarah is responsible for building strategy and scale around WMM’s mission for greater impact in gender equality. For more than two decades, Sarah has been building, guiding, and leading non-profit organizations in Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York dedicated to expanding civil rights, promoting civic education, reforming the criminal justice system, and ending sexual violence. Previously, Sarah served as Managing Director of the Joyful Heart Foundation, where she led the campaign to eliminate the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the U.S. Sarah brings extensive experience in financial and operational management, strategy, fundraising, and external affairs to WMM. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters in Positive Organizational Development from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Sarah served as a founding advisory board member for Hive Gender Climate Justice Fund; current co-chair of Impact Finance Center’s National Women’s Impact Investing Landscape Scan Steering Committee; and is a 2021 Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.