Founder and Principal
Sara L. Allen

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Through the consulting services of waterstoneGLOBAL, Sara engages social sector clients in strategic visioning and tactical business development practices that move their missions forward.  With more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit, academic and corporate settings, she is able to attune to each client, helping them overcome challenges, learn something new, and experience their ideals.

Highlights of our work include:

  • facilitating interactive sessions with nonprofit boards to identify core purpose, values, vision and mission statements to guide their organization’s daily work and future aspirations;
  • co-facilitating workshops to help participants identify their strengths, define successes, and address stumbling blocks;
  • leading organizational efforts to improve processes and systems related to technology, outreach and knowledge management; 
  • facilitating partnerships among mental health and wellness providers to provide benefits to the communities they serve.

Sara’s heart for the community extends into her personal life and volunteer work as well. She has served as a mentor in Alexandria, Va. since 2012, and she provided program planning support for the launch of a counseling services program for patients of a free medical clinic that serves a multicultural, low-income population. She also has served on the vestry and pastoral care team at her church, Christ the King Anglican in Alexandria, Va.

Sara has been a resident of the Washington, D.C. metro region since 2002. Originally from California and raised in Asheville, NC, she holds a master’s degree in public communication from American University and a bachelor’s degree in religion and women’s studies from Duke University.

 

 

Sara has a wonderful way of balancing listening and leadership in her role as a consultant. She discerns well when it is time to stop and listen, when to challenge an idea or process and when to push the project forward to execution.
— Nonprofit Client
Northern Virginia Family Service's Hispanic Entrepreneurship Program applied for a $45,000 grant as a result of findings from a strategic program review and analysis conducted in collaboration with Waterstone Consulting.

Northern Virginia Family Service's Hispanic Entrepreneurship Program applied for a $45,000 grant as a result of findings from a strategic program review and analysis conducted in collaboration with Waterstone Consulting.

Participants at the Ethiopian Community Development Council's annual conference share valuable management insights to take back to their local affiliate offices across the country through a workshop facilitated by Waterstone and Vita Global.

Participants at the Ethiopian Community Development Council's annual conference share valuable management insights to take back to their local affiliate offices across the country through a workshop facilitated by Waterstone and Vita Global.