Sarah Pierson Beaulieu is the founder of The Enliven Project, a campaign to bring sexual violence out of the closet and lift survivors to their full potential. The Enliven Project is grounded in the idea change cannot take place unless we tell the truth about our lives, our organizations, and our social movements.
Sarah has had over 35 years of experience as a human and over 15 years experience in managing complex relationships and partnerships, fundraising, and systematic approaches to change. She is a survivor and a truth teller, a poet, an intuitive, wife, mom, and a loyal friend.
Sarah is currently Senior Advisor to the Opportunity Nation, a campaign to increase economic opportunity in America. Opportunity Nation is a campaign of Be the Change, an organization dedicated to getting social issues unstuck through cross-partisan, cross-sector campaigns. In her capacity, she works closely with the campaign’s executive director on managing philanthropic relationships and other strategic partnerships.
Prior to that she served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the University of Massachusetts Foundation and the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Boston College. At Boston College, she led a team responsible for raising $18 – 20 million annually, partnering with faculty across the University. Earlier, she worked in multiple fundraising roles at Brown University.
Sarah is a member of the Reimagining Service Council and serves on board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Sarah graduated from Brown University and has an MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management. In her free time, she enjoys playing word games on her iPhone and practicing the art of Sweatbox, a combination of martial arts, hip-hop, and gymnastics founded by KL Brown.
Speaking and Publications
Sarah writes about leadership, collaboration and partnership, parenting, and sexual violence. As a survivor voice, she has appeared on Huffington Post Live and spoken at multiple Take Back the Night events, Jane Doe Advocacy Day, and with smaller groups and workshops as a member of the Survivor Speakers Bureau at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. The work of The Enliven Project has been featured on The Washington Post, Slate.com, The Guardian, and numerous blogs. Sarah is a regular contributor to The Good Men Project and Huffington Post.
Sarah’s story was included as a part of The Survivor’s Project, a special project of the Philadelphia Weekly, edited by Nina and Joel Hoffman: