Sara Beanblossom

Director, White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

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Through her current work with Beanblossom Consulting, Sara Beanblossom supports not-for-profit, arts, and education organizations by leveraging over 25 years of experience in fundraising, systems planning, communications and advocacy strategy, event planning, and community outreach. Recent clients include the Afterschool Alliance, Collaborative Communications, WFYI - Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Teachers’ Treasures, and project-based work with a consultant team leading strategic planning and DEI projects for multiple state and national nonprofits.

Prior to forming her independent agency, Sara served as associate vice president of communications and advocacy at Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) for 12 years. In this position, she was the leader of numerous IAN initiatives, including overseeing 10 annual statewide conferences, communications strategy and implementation, and advocacy strategy and implementation at both the state and national levels.

Sara was a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow, a Journey Executive Fellow, and an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant recipient. She holds her master's degree from the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has completed continuing education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education with the Project Zero Classroom Institute and the Maine Media Workshops in documentary and storytelling courses.