Resource Development Associates

Sarah Garmisa-Calinsky, M.P.P., M.B.A.

Program Associate

Sarah is dedicated to addressing social and economic inequality in her local community, bringing experience in organizing, facilitation, liaising between diverse stakeholder communities, and advocating for tenant, migrant, employee, and queer rights. At RDA, she supports several evaluation, strategic planning, technical assistance, research, and business development projects and specializes in housing policy, operational analysis, economic analysis, and stakeholder engagement activities.

Prior to RDA, Sarah was a Senior Fellow with the New Sector Alliance, where she supported the organization’s Social Impact Leadership Curriculum and mentored emerging leaders in social sector organizations. She was also an Education Pioneers Fellow at Education for Change Public Schools where she worked alongside the CEO to deliver a set of performance management best practices and protocols and implementation recommendations to improve educational outcomes for low-income students in Oakland’s Fruitvale District. Additionally, she directed technology teams at the California College of the Arts, where she launched and managed facilities for digital art, architecture, and design curricula. Sarah is also an active Board Member of Taking it to the Streets, a local organization that provides homeless services to youth and young adults.


  • B.A. in Urban Studies – Stanford University
  • M.P.P./M.B.A., concentration in Nonprofit Management – Mills College, Oakland, CA

Select Projects

  • Contra Costa County Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Planning
  • Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara Focus Forward Program Planning
  • Los Angeles Public Defender Client Assessment, Recommendation, and Evaluation (CARE) Project Evaluation
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission Clipper Organizational Development and Customer Service
  • Sonoma County Human Services Department Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Sonoma County Human Services Department Workflow Analysis