Sarah Smith

Vice President, Learning and Foundation Operations

As the Vice President of Learning and Foundation Operations, Sarah is responsible for strengthening the organization's infrastructure, ensuring the team can effectively carry out work to advance its vision, mission, and values. Her leadership extends across the Foundation's learning and evaluation, finance, and operations functions as well as organization-wide strategic planning efforts.

Sarah initially joined the Blue Cross NC Foundation in January 2020, assuming the role of Director of Learning and Evaluation. Previously, she served as a Learning Officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Sarah's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in music and psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and she holds both a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.

What I love about my work:

I have worked in the philanthropic sector for almost a decade, contributing to different roles in programs, learning and evaluation, and operations. Through these diverse roles, I have discovered that I am most passionate about creating environments that foster reflection and continuous improvement, believing that this is key to enabling teams to excel.

When not at my desk:
You will likely find me reading a book, attending a concert, connecting with family, or exploring the local restaurant scene.

Favorite thing about North Carolina:
I love the state’s art, music, trails, food, and sports!