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Sarah Blanchard
Coordinator of Leadership and Community Engagement


Sarah serves as the coordinator of leadership and community engagement. She joined the Holden Center team in 2017 after graduating from the University of Oregon, studying international studies, Spanish, and backcountry leadership. She is currently working toward her master of science in postsecondary adult and continuing education, with specializations service-learning and student affairs in higher education, at Portland State University.

Sarah coordinates the following programs: leadership workshops, personal development coaching, Leadership Summit, the Emerging Leadership Project, and the Men’s Professional Development Series. In the past Sarah has overseen a variety of Holden Center programs, including Alternative Breaks, the Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), LeaderShape, and more. As a program coordinator, her goal is to develop accessible and transformative student experiences. A key focus in all her programs is community development, internal reflection, and self-empowerment.

Sarah’s hobbies include rock climbing, backpacking, playing the piano, and drinking loose-leaf tea. She loves reading novels, and reads an average of two books a week. Sarah is also an avid house plant collector, and prides herself on her ability to bring dying plants back to life.