Sara Kirschenbaum
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Sara Kirschenbaum

5629 SE 44th. Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97206
(H) (503) 774-4387
(C) (503) 250-2491

Social Justice Administration

(2000-2006) Portland Youth Builders (Portland, Oregon).

Mentor Coordinator

(2005-2006) Developed career mentor program linking low income youth with mentors in their career of choice. Created all procedures and recruitment material, conducted Mentor and Mentee trainings, oversaw 24 successful matches, developed recruitment and criminal record check protocol.

Admisssions Coordinator

(2003-2004) Recruited and motivated hundreds of low income youth to apply to Portland YouthBuilders. Developed extensive recruitment procedures including one-month probationary attendance in the school with required 100% attendance.

AmeriCorps Coodinator

(2000-2003) Responsible for developing and running an AmeriCorps program with low-income youth as the AmeriCorps volunteers. Helped young people each complete 900 hours of service and earn a college scholarship.

Project Manager

(1995-1998) Adult Care Home Program, Multnomah County (Portland, Oregon). Designed an interactive web site. Produced countywide trainings for providers. Writing projects included annual reports, agency brochures, and procedures manual.

(1992-1994) Transition Projects Inc. (Portland, Oregon)

Development Director

(1993-1994) Responsible for all donations to Transition Projects Inc. Orchestrated annual holiday appeals. Published quarterly newsletter. Developed large donor campaign. Wrote successful grant proposals. Oversaw the development of an agency-wide volunteer placement program. Handled all public relations projects.

Program Manager

(1992-1993) Shoreline Employment Project . Responsible for program development of employment program for homeless single adults. Hired and supervised staff. Designed program strategy. Developed a four-week job search skills curriculum. Successfully place homeless individuals in permanent jobs.

Activities Coordinator

(1989-1990) Journey Inn Family Shelter (Framingham, Massachusetts). Developed activities for homeless shelter residents aged 0 - adult. Case managed individual families (including overseeing their placement in affordable housing). Supervised all part time and weekend staff. Helped homeless families lobby their representatives for more available low-income housing.


(1987-1988) Women's Resource Center; Assistant Director, The Community Kitchen (Columbus, Ohio). Developed the Women’s Resource Center. Planned and conducted educational programming. Supervised three VISTA volunteers. Supervised hundreds of volunteers. Led discussion and writing groups with poor and homeless people. Cooked southern-style meals for 200+ people.

Peace and Environmental Administration

Northeast Regional Director

(1991) Greenpeace (Boston, Massachusetts). Responsible for providing leadership and direction to 200 employees located in three sites in the Northeast. Direct supervision of 15 staff members including senior staff of: three door-to-door canvassing operations, the national Greenpeace phone canvass, and all research projects and activism campaigns of the Northeast. Accountable for all Greenpeace work in the region including actions and demonstrations, media, public speaking, and coordination with the national and international Greenpeace campaigns.

Executive Director

(1982-1987) Ohio Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and the Ohio Peace Clearinghouse (Columbus, Ohio). Created and coordinated a grass roots network of over 200 local peace groups. Developed a coalition of statewide agencies for peace and justice. Lobbied, successfully, for state and national peace legislation. Initiated economic conversion planning with state government and relevant labor unions. Organized demonstrations at all of Ohio's seven key nuclear weapons facilities and created a Women's Peace Walk that annually crossed the state.

Education and Training

(2006, 2007) Selected to participate in Tin House Writers Workshop, Portland, Oregon

(2006) Mentor Training with Oregon Mentors

(2001, 2002, 2003) AmeriCorps Directors Training with YouthBuild USA

(1999) Completed Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program specializing in Creative Non-Fiction writing.

(1985) Trained by the Peace Development Fund in fundraising, management, and planning.

(1982) Trained in Non-Violent Direct Action.

(1981) Received Bachelor of Arts in Science Writing and Biology at Oberlin College.

Other Accomplishments

(2000-Present) Extensive publication in journals, newspapers, on-line publications, and radio commentary.

(2007) Completed memoir manuscript

(1998-1999) Taught art to families at the Salvation Army Family Day Shelter (Portland, Oregon)

(1995-2005) Created a 6-family cooperative to do work parties at each other’s houses and to donate one work party a year to a non-profit organization.

(1986-1987) President of the Board of the Community Kitchen (Columbus, Ohio).

(1987) Published Unforgotten Promises and Dreams of Reality by homeless authors