Sarah Griffen

  • Consultant

Sarah Griffen is a national consultant with expertise in policy and practice in two generation approaches, and in workforce, economic, and community development strategies. She focuses on policy/systems change, strategic planning, initiative development, building collaborations across sectors/stakeholders, and facilitating learning communities. She engages at the national, state and local levels with government, foundations, and intermediary organizations on a range of projects and initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for families.

Ms. Griffen has implemented and supported for a broad array of projects, including the Southern Cities Economic Inclusion initiative, Rhode Island’s Workforce Innovation Fund project, the national Center for Working Families model, W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s two-generation STEPS workforce initiative. Her work with young people has included a collaborative project with young people and organizations to explore workforce development practices to support young people with foster care experience; work in Atlanta with young people to develop and implement a survey to assess interests and gaps in business development and workforce development supports; and understanding public benefits access for young people. Policy work has included national and state workforce development, community development, and work supports policy.

Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Griffen was the founder and director of the Boston Health Care and Research Training Institute from 2000-2006, one of the first career ladders project nationally. Other previous and relevant work includes directing the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s economic development team and strategy, and launching a family childcare network for Latina childcare providers.