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Alumni Spotlight: Sara Johnson '12, Manager at the Mulago Foundation
On July 1, 2013, Alumna Sara Johnson '12, MA Peace and Justice Studies, began a new position at the Mulago Foundation - which is committed to supporting innovations for the poorest populations in the world. The foundation's three areas of focus are livelihoods (especially agriculture), conservation, and health care, and only funds projects (both nonprofit and for-profit) in developing countries.
Sara is Manager of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program - a two-year fellowship that cultivates some of the best poverty alleviation innovations and works with fellows to improve their models. Sara also represents the Mulago Foundaiton in a program called Big Bang Philanthropy, a donor collaborative/philanthropy group of twelve foundations who all commit at least $1 million dollars per year to fund poverty alleviation innovations. The group shares information and best practices, and tries to make the process of requesting and receiving grant funding simpler for the organizations who are actually out there doing the hard work.
Biography: Sara Johnson '12, MAPJ, was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Menlo Park, California. She graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a B.A. in political science and minors in psychology and peace and justice studies in 2011. At USD she was a member of Model United Nations and served as the fundraising chair, volunteered as a tutor at a local community center and wrote for the News section of The Vista, USD’s student newspaper. Sara interned at a Palo Alto law firm specializing in intellectual property, a nonprofit organization focused on micro-finance in Africa, and a film production company in New York City that creates documentaries on social justice issues. She previously travelled to Ethiopia for five consecutive years, sparking her interest in food security, international economic development and international aid. In the Master's Program in Peace and Justice Studies, Sara specialized in development to help entrepreneurs in developing countries create business models designed for local poverty alleviation.