Sara Matthew


Program Manager

Sara is a high-energy youth policy advocate that works to strengthen partnerships and improve leadership capacity to provide young people the comprehensive and coordinated supports they need to be successful.

At the Forum for Youth Investment, Sara manages a variety of projects to help leaders improve collaboration and promote alignment across systems, sectors, issue areas, and levels of government. She does so by promoting best practices; providing technical assistance; advocating for policy solutions that enable better coordination; and planning convenings, summits, and other peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

She is the organization’s primary point person for projects on racial and gender equity, and disconnected youth (16 to 24 year olds that are not in school and not employed). Additionally, Sara supports the management of the Opportunity Youth Network, which brings together national nonprofits, businesses, philanthropy, federal officials, and young leaders to align efforts and reengage one million young people to education and employment pathways.

Hailing from central Florida, Sara gained federal policy experience while working at the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Prior to that, she served as assistant director of the University of Florida’s College Reach-Out Program, a state-funded initiative that aims to improve college access for young people in under-resourced communities. Sara is a proud graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.