In 1990, the Hartford Foundation made a significant, long-term investment to prepare Hartford's children for school. This was fueled by research indicating that steps could be taken early in children's lives to improve their success in school and beyond. ...
Sara A. SneedDirector, Education InvestmentsHartford Foundation for Public Giving
Headshot: Sara SneedSara A. Sneed is director of education investments with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, one of the nation's largest community foundations.In this position, Sneed leads the Foundation's K-12 research, strategy, and portfolio, promoting educational equity and excellence with partners at the local, state, and national levels.
Sneed brought to the Hartford Foundation 17 years of distinguished visionary and strategic leadership and achievement in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
For seven years, she served as senior program manager with the Foundation for the Mid-South, where she was responsible for the Families and Children, Public Policy, and Faculty Fellows (leadership development) programs.
As director of maternal and child health with the Medical Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts, her leadership resulted in the significant expansion of public health partnerships and strategic initiatives throughout the surrounding region.
Previously, she served as as special projects manager with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, leading program and systems innovations in the areas of foster care, permanency planning, and adoption.
A popular speaker and trainer, Sneed has won numerous awards for her work.
Among other national leadership roles, she currently serves on the Education Working Group of the Social Impact Exchange, and she is both the former co-chair of CFLeads, representing more than 300 community foundations nationwide, and a former executive board member of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families.
As a licensed clergywoman and ordinand, she is chair of the board of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ and often travels to preach for churches and conferences throughout the nation.
Sneed earned a B.A. with multiple honors from Mount Holyoke College and holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School where she was named the William and Lucille Nickerson Scholar and winner of both the Walcott Preaching Prize and prestigious Charles S. Mersick Preacher-Scholar Award.
â€œNationwide, as in Hartford, community schools are having a positive impact,â€ said Sara Sneed, senior program officer at the Hartford Foundation. â€œEvaluation shows that if resources are available to address studentsâ€™ broad needs and concerns, gains are made in student attendance, academic achievement, parent involvement, safety, and student-teacher relationships.â€ (See sidebar.)