Sarah Cherne is a recently retired Chief Executive Officer and is considered a visionary and strategic leader who is committed to casting positive organizational change in the non-profit arena. For the past 20+ years, Sarah has led three nationally recognized organizations to immense success utilizing her entrepreneurial knowledge and business background to transform struggling organizations to thriving success. Sarah has been successful in achieving significant revenue, increased branding, and overall program performance for the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters and most recently with Junior Achievement where she was responsible for the vision and delivery of a 30,000 square foot hands-on learning center to serve 30,000+ students annually with life-changing curriculums around personal economics. Experienced in all aspects of executive management, Sarah excels at “turn around” operations and is considered a “change agent” by the boards and staff she has worked with across the eastern seaboard.
Sarah is an expert in business development and has generated $35M+ in investments over the past 10 years to support youth initiatives. Widely connected and respected by corporate, non-profit and government entities, Sarah is seen as a leader who overcomes obstacles, delivers results, and creates a pathway for organizations to overcome and thrive.
Sarah has a BA from the University of Southern Maine and a MA from the University of South Florida. She is a certified Career Coach, is the former Chair of the Privatization/Competition Advisory Committee for the City of Charlotte, a member of the IHeartMedia Local Advisory Board, a 2019 winner of the Most Admired CEO, a 2018 Women in Business Awardee, the past Chair of the NC Financial Literacy Council, past Chair of Finance for the Mecklenburg GOP, and past appointed member of the Bond Oversight Committee for CMS. Sarah has run for public office as well as served on other various boards both for non-profit and professional development organizations. Sarah is married to husband, Damon and they have two boys and live in Charlotte, North Carolina.