Sarah Walker, MPA

Lead Consultant
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Sarah leads FMA’s curriculum development process and has worked with funders across the country to deliver cohort-based training and capacity building initiatives. In collaboration with FMA’s training team, Sarah has designed and implemented capacity building initiatives for the Tipping Point Community Foundation in San Francisco, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut, and the van Beuren Charitable Trust in Rhode Island. Sarah was also key in designing and delivering a large scale multi-year capacity building initiative for youth-serving nonprofits in Chicago. Called the Strategic Financial Management Initiative, this cohort-based capacity building program was funded by the Wallace Foundation and served 25 organizations over a four-year period. Sarah currently manages FMA’s Midwest operations.

Sarah also serves as a consultant and “coach” to nonprofits facing challenges in their financial and administrative operations. She has worked with dozens of nonprofits of varying sizes, business models, and mission areas to help them maximize use of their accounting software, implement fiscal policies and controls, design an effective staffing structure for the fiscal function, develop annual and multi-year budget projections, and create financial dashboards and reports. Sarah is also FMA’s lead trainer on using QuickBooks for nonprofits.

Prior to joining FMA, Sarah managed the volunteer tutor program at Literacy Partners, Inc., a nonprofit adult literacy provider in New York City, where she recruited and trained volunteers to serve as literacy tutors. She also was a member of AmeriCorps VISTA, where she managed community development projects at Mercy Housing California, a nonprofit affordable housing provider.

Sarah graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Political Science, and holds an MPA in Nonprofit Financial Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.



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