Sarah Garmisa is a Senior Program Associate at RDA, bringing extensive experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as a social and economic justice-oriented researcher, planner, evaluator, and implementation professional. Ms. Garmisa work focuses on strengthening human services and systems of care for our most vulnerable communities. At RDA, she brings subject-matter expertise on a range of housing and homelessness-focused projects, as well as extensive experience developing cross-sector partnerships, implementing community outreach and engagement efforts, and conducting mixed-methods and economic evaluation.
In addition to her work at RDA, Ms. Garmisa was the Chief Administration Officer of a San Francisco-based homeless service organization that secured interim housing for transition-aged youth and provided a continuum of safe housing, case management, and job-readiness services. Prior to joining RDA, Ms. Garmisa earned a joint Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy degree from Mills College where she earned the Outstanding Thesis Award for her economic impact assessment of market-rate and affordable housing development to support the implementation of an impact fee in Oakland. She was a Senior Fellow with the New Sector Alliance where she mentored emerging nonprofit leaders, as well as an Education Pioneers Fellow with Education for Change Public Schools in Oakland where she supported the CEO in developing enterprise-level performance measurement systems. After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies, Ms. Garmisa worked for six years in educational technology management and served on the board of San Francisco Pride at Work, an AFL-CIO affiliate fostering collaboration between LGBTQ, labor, and economic justice movements.