Fellows Directory

Sarah Burch


Sarah has helped finance and scale emerging market entrepreneurs for over a decade. Currently, Sarah is the Head of Venture Growth at Rippleworks, which is focused on helping social enterprises grow by partnering with world-class operating expertise. The Venture Growth team manages high-impact projects that leverage Silicon Valley executives as advisors and solves a specific operational challenge within the startup. Since joining Rippleworks as a founding team member, Sarah has worked hands-on with 40+ founders and managed a portfolio of social ventures across 60 countries.

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 his fellowship at Rippleworks under the mentorship of Johanna Posada and Sarah Rose.