Sarah Spunt is a licensed clinical social worker the Executive Director at LIFT-Chicago, a national nonprofit that empowers families to break the cycle of poverty. At LIFT, she is responsible for evaluating data to analyze and improve service delivery and increase impact while meeting organizational goals. She oversees partnerships, community and university development. She also trains and manages LIFT-Chicago’s program staff, interns, and volunteers.
Sarah was tasked with designing LIFT’s two-generational program model in Chicago. She used the Lean Design method and behavioral science to implement and evolve programmatic pilots to align with the strategic shift of LIFT’s mission to work with families with young children. Sarah works closely with LIFT’s National Program Team to create a program and evaluation framework to track progress against regional and national goals, targets, and milestones. She has created trainings for direct service staff and volunteers on topics including: motivational interviewing, de-escalation, suicidality and best practice protocol, working with victims of domestic violence, and self-care.
Sarah has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits, schools and local governments. She holds a professional educator license – school social worker endorsement and a certification in yoga-informed psychotherapy. Sarah is a member of The Ounce of Prevention Policy Council as a community representative. She also serves as part of The Illinois Asset Building Group Leadership Circles, and volunteers her time with a Between Friends, a Chicago non-profit focused on breaking the cycle of violence in families and communities, to assist with fundraising and event planning.
Prior to LIFT, Sarah worked for Hanover Township Youth and Family Services in Bartlett, Illinois as the clinical interventionist. While there Sarah created and implemented a school-based substance abuse education and prevention program and conducted family therapy. Additionally, Sarah was an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the International Book Project, a Lexington, Kentucky nonprofit that promotes literacy, education and global friendships by sending books throughout the developing world. Sarah holds a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s of arts in secondary social studies education from the University of Kentucky.
In her free time, Sarah is most likely at a Chicago dog park or patio with her mini goldendoodle, training for a triathlon or planning her next travel adventure.