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Sarah Lillis

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California Executive Director

Sarah Lillis (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of Teach Plus California. Sarah has worked in state education policy advocacy for more than a decade, serving as the COO and Institute Director at EdVoice, a non-profit advocacy organization working to ensure that every child in California has an equitable opportunity to learn. As the Institute Director, in addition to direct advocacy, Sarah oversaw educational programming for legislators, putting on over 30 educational symposia for more than 150 policymakers.
Prior to EdVoice, Sarah worked in philanthropy as a program officer at Tides Foundation, a social justice foundation in San Francisco, and at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  At Tides Foundation, she provided strategic consulting and advising to other philanthropic institutions and funding collaboratives, as well as developing and implementing donor education and organizing programs. At NYFA, Sarah managed a choral music initiative, supervising music educators in New York City schools and a professional development program for music education professionals, and various grant programs for arts education organizations.

Sarah received a BA in classics from Harvard University and an MA in policy analysis and evaluation from Stanford University’s School of Education.