Sarah Gleason


Summary of Qualifications

  • Over twenty years experience designing, delivering and evaluating training/learning programs
  • More than a decade in program leadership, volunteer management and supervision
  • Focus on intercultural competence, participatory learning, leadership development, community organizing and social change

Current Work

Independent Consultant Partner in Side by Side Associates since 2005.
Provide training, facilitation, curriculum development, capacity building and program services to community, nonprofit, educational and governmental groups and organizations. Specialize in cultural diversity, inclusive community building, leadership development, civic engagement, collaborative learning and social change. Provide orientation and training for VISTA members and supervisors nationally.

Project Organizer Kingfield Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 2008 to present.
Responsible for outreach, volunteer development and support of various neighborhood community building initiatives, including crime prevention and safety strategies, block organizing, and various special events. Provide web and newsletter content.

Work History

Staff Consultant Fieldstone Alliance, St. Paul, MN, 2005 to 2006.
Managed W.K. Kellogg-funded national project (‘Nexus’) to strengthen capacity building with immigrant- and refugee-led organizations. Lead writer of Crossing Borders, Sharing Journeys: Effective Capacity Building with Immigrant and Refugee Groups

Adjunct Faculty University of Minnesota, 2001 to 2005.
Taught courses concerning world development and methods for change. Instructed and evaluated work of graduate and undergraduate students of varied nationalities.

Staff Consultant
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN, 2003 to 2005.
Designed and delivered training programs related to diversity and leadership. Supported collaborative community building projects. Trained AmeriCorps members and staff nationally, including training of staff as diversity facilitators. Managed ‘Nexus’ project.

Program Director Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN, 1999 to 2003.
Administered an AmeriCorps*State national service program, including program direction, budget, and state/federal reporting. Supervised program coordinator. Selected, trained and supervised 25 diverse Future Force*AmeriCorps members per year, who served at six urban community sites. Concurrently directed AmeriCorps*VISTA project ’01-’04

Deputy Director/Master Trainer
CHP International, Peace Corps Regional Training Center, Senegal, West Africa, 1994 to 1999.
Managed training program design and delivery. Trained and supervised all trainers and training teams. Designed and implemented evaluation and documentation systems.

Senior Technical Trainer/Technical Trainer CHP/Peace Corps, Cameroon and Gabon, 1992-1994

Education and Professional Development

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualifying Seminar, Intercultural Communication Institute (Portland, OR), Minneapolis, MN, 2005 and 2007.

Multiparty Facilitation and Mediation,
CDR Associates, Boulder, CO, 2003.

Diversity Explorations (TOT),
Diversity Institute, University of Minnesota, 2003.

National Service Executive (Leadership) Program,
National Service Leadership Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2000-2001.

Master of Education
, University of Minnesota, 1992. Adult nonformal education.

Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers College, NJ, 1984. History/biology.

Certifications, Languages, Community Leadership

Qualified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

Fluent French and English.

Leader in multiple roles, ISAIAH, Gamaliel Foundation affiliate, since 1999.

Leader, reNEW Minnesota campaign, TakeAction Minnesota, since 2009.