Sarah Wilhelm


My role at Hirsch:

I provide comprehensive research and analysis, grants stewardship and communications to individuals, families and foundations to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. I leverage my background in program administration and project management to partner with next gen philanthropists on pressing issues, such as human rights, climate justice, and democracy.

My journey to Hirsch:

Prior to joining Hirsch, I served as Operations Manager at several Bay Area mission-driven businesses including Community Grains, where I partnered with California farmers to support regenerative agriculture and expand local food systems. I began my career in New York City as a designer in the fashion industry, before guiding individuals and groups in wellness as a yoga teacher and holistic health coach in New York and later in the Bay Area. I hold a B.F.A. from the University of Dayton, and an A.A.S. from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

What inspires my work:

I care deeply about creating resilient systems for food, water, health, and our democracy. Through my work at Hirsch, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support meaningful change on these issues and many others through our partnerships with individuals, families and foundations. I am proud to work with the talented Hirsch team and inspired daily by their creativity and passion.

In my free time:

On weekends, you’ll likely find me with my husband and friends enjoying our favorite East Bay restaurants or exploring new ones. As an advocate for personal and community wellness, I have maintained a regular yoga practice for twenty years and enjoy crafting home-cooked meals from what I grow in my garden.