Sarah Franz – Executive Director
Growing up, I wanted to be an … astronaut.
If I owned a business, it would be … a fine paper goods store. I'm addicted to pretty paper, planners, notebooks and cards!
My favorite quote is … "Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." Julia Child
When I'm not at work, I … am spending time with friends and family, working on a new craft, or curled up on my couch reading a good book and drinking coffee. I also like to travel and use my vacation time to check off places on my travel bucket list!
What I remember most about elementary school is ... art class and my inspiring art teacher who helped develop my creative side from a young age.
If I could have any job for one day, I would want to be … a party planner! I love to coordinate themed parties for friends and family.
I love working at JA because … our volunteers pass on the tools to help children become successful adults. It's amazing to think how our students can one day positively influence our community by using their foundation in economic skills and the lasting memory of a mentor!
Learn more about Sarah …
Originally from Pennsylvania, Sarah moved to Abilene in early 2013 and pursued a career in nonprofit service. Prior to her move, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Environmental Studies from Temple University (Philadelphia). Her passion lies with tackling social justice issues, particularly in the areas of workforce development, financial literacy, and economic development. Sarah began her career with Junior Achievement in January 2016.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her parents and younger brother who now live in Weatherford, Texas. She is an active member at Hillcrest Church of Christ with her boyfriend John.