Fellows Directory

Sarah Burch


Sarah is a founding team member of Rippleworks where she co-leads the platform team, which connects social enterprises with world-class operating expertise. Sarah has also worked hands-on with 40+ founders and managed a portfolio of social ventures across 60 countries.

While helping founders and CEOs grow their companies, Sarah has helped grow Rippleworks from a 3-person startup into a 20+ person organization recognized by Fast Company as one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world.

Sarah has helped finance and scale emerging market entrepreneurs for over a decade. Prior to joining Rippleworks, Sarah helped launch and grow Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), an early-stage innovation fund within the U.S. Agency for International Development. At DIV, she led the due diligence and closing of $22M into 20+ deals in 10+ countries.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Sarah was raised in the Pacific Northwest and is a proud member of the Delaware Tribe. She lives in San Francisco where she enjoys exploring Bay Area parks, trying different coffee roasts at Philz, and avoiding the fog. Sarah holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

As a member of Class 25, Sarah is serving her fellowship at Rippleworks under the mentorship of Johanna Posada and Sarah Rose.