SocialSnapshot: Sarah Christensen
University of Miami's Vice President for Medical Development and Alumni Relations speaks to us in her own words.
Sarah Christensen is University of Miami’s Vice President for Medical Development and Alumni Relations. In this role, she leads the philanthropic activities at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine as well as UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. In addition to serving as a member of the division’s executive leadership team, she works closely with UHealth and Miller School of Medicine leadership.
Christensen has extensive experience leading successful fundraising efforts, coming to Miami from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where, as the senior managing director of development, she led a team of 40 major gifts officers and oversaw all aspects of their fundraising program. Before that, Christensen held key leadership positions at the Greater Boston Food Bank and Fidelity Investments, among other institutions.
A longtime Boston resident, Sarah has served on several nonprofit boards including Junior League of Boston, Girls’ Leap and Women in Development. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clark University and an MBA and MSIS from Boston University Questrom School of Business. Sarah has strong ties to the South Florida community, having grown up in Boca Raton.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.