Sarah leads NPNA’s Program and Training work to empower grassroots immigrant leaders and build organizational capacity within NPNA’s immigrant coalitions and national partners for immigrant-led service delivery. Sarah coordinates the Women Empowered to Lead (WE Lead) and Cities for Citizenship (C4C) initiatives; along with coordinating NPNA’s team of state-based Program Coordinators and Trainers across the country, developing and leading trainings to build the scaled implementation of Naturalization, DACA, Know Your Rights, Eligibility Screenings, and Deportation Defense services for hard to reach immigrant communities.
Sarah brings over ten years of community organizing, programmatic and administrative experience to NPNA, previously working in Chicago at the Southwest Organizing Project, leading successful voter registration campaigns, building teams of immigrant leaders to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, leading the local New Americans Initiative (NAI) campaign and working in coalition to expand the largest parent engagement initiative in Illinois, the Parent Mentor Program. She graduated from Loyola’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, concentrating in policy, migration studies and leadership development. Sarah’s prior education include studying at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, University of Minnesota and in Merida, Venezuela. She is fluent in Spanish and was born and raised Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She tweets @sarahjmesick. You can reach her at sarah@