Joanna Jacobson, Managing Partner
Joanna Jacobson is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners. Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive as Product Manager of the US Toothpaste business and for Worldwide New Product Development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy.
Joanna earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. She serves on the boards of the David Project, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) and Youth Villages, is Co-Chair of the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) and is the Chair of Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU).
Sarah Kendrigan, Executive Assistant
Sarah joined Strategic Grant Partners in March as the Executive Assistant to Joanna Jacobson. Along with calendar management and day-to-day support of Joanna, Sarah assists SGP’s extended team with various administrative and scheduling needs. Prior to joining SGP in March 2013, Sarah was employed at Shepley Bulfinch where she was the administrative assistant to several Principal architects and also spent time in the marketing department. As Joanna’s EA, Sarah combines her aptitude for administrative work and passion for the nonprofit world.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and began her career in the nonprofit sector as the Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant for YMCA Southcoast.
Katie Rae Mulvey, Portfolio Analyst, K-12 Education
Katie Rae is the Portfolio Analyst for Education for Strategic Grant Partners, helping to build the capacity of game-changing K-12 grantees. She comes to SGP through the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship, a program designed to place early career professionals into leading education organizations to manage strategic, data-based projects. Prior to joining SGP, Kati Rae was a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she worked primarily with clients in the aerospace market on strategic planning, performance management, and strategic communications for stakeholder engagement.
Katie Rae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Davidson College.
Anna Sikorsky, Operations Manager
Anna is the Operations Manager for SGP, tending to the administrative needs of the organization. Before joining SGP in the fall of 2008, Anna was employed in the field of data management and office administration at the Steamship Authority where she administered a computerized maintenance system, creating reports and presentations for management. Earlier in her career, she worked at Boston College in the Dean’s Office for the School of Education.
Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master of Education degree from Boston College in the area of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation.
Sally Sharp Lehman, Portfolio Manager, Family Self-Sufficiency and High-Risk Youth Development
Sally Sharp Lehman is the Portfolio Manager for Child Welfare, Family Self-Sufficiency, and High-Risk Youth Development for Strategic Grant Partners. Ms. Sharp Lehman comes to SGP with over twenty years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining SGP, Ms. Sharp Lehman was Director of Operations at Cradles to Crayons (C2C) where she directed the planning and delivery of programs and operations to serve over 60,000 under-privileged children and engage over 28,000 volunteers annually. While at C2C, she was responsible for developing the strategy and replicable systems to take the organization’s innovative model to scale including working with over 200 partner organizations to develop growth strategies to double the number of children and families served. Before joining Cradles to Crayons, Ms. Sharp Lehman served as Regional Director at both the Jane Goodall Institute and Mass Audubon where she was responsible for strategic planning and implementation, program innovation and development, and all aspects of non-profit management.
Earlier in her career, Sally was a management consultant with Harbridge House, Inc., where she consulted in the areas of strategy, organizational effectiveness, and executive education for Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries including consumer products, financial services, transportation, aerospace and defense, and building systems. She began her career as an underwriter in the Department of Financial Institutions at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in Atlanta, GA, and Tampa, FL.
Sally holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Barbara Sullivan, Portfolio Manager, K-12 Education
Barbara Sullivan is the Portfolio Manager for Education for Strategic Grant Partners, managing all K-12 related education grant making. Prior to joining SGP, Ms. Sullivan was a Senior Principal and part of the leadership team in the Parthenon Group's Education Center of Excellence in Boston, MA. While at Parthenon, Barbara led numerous strategic planning engagements and worked closely with educational leaders in states, districts and philanthropic organizations. Before joining Parthenon, Barbara was a Broad Resident in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). During her three year tenure at BPS, Sullivan served as Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and spearheaded the redesign of the district’s student assignment process. Sullivan was also a consultant for Bain & Company where her work mainly focused on strategic planning for Fortune 500 consumer products and telecommunications companies. She began her career in the financial services industry, working as an equity analyst for Robinson-Humphrey in Atlanta.
Barbara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with distinction from The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.