Sarah Bobrow-Williams

Faculty, Goddard Graduate Institute
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



Bobrow-Williams began at Goddard in 2008 as faculty for the Sustainable Business and Communities MA and helped to found the MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability. For the past 14 years she has served as the Asset and Finance Development Director for the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice administered by the Children’s Defense Fund Southern Regional Office. Her career has included working for the New Mexico Community Foundation/Ganados del Valle; the Penn Center in the South Carolina Sea Islands; the Southern Rural Development Initiative; the Association for Enterprise Opportunity; and the Samuel Rubin Foundation. At home, Sarah serves local community initiatives and operates a planning firm with her husband Franklin Williams targeting community based nonprofits, municipal and county governments and for-profit, non-profit and academic partnerships. For over 20 years, Sarah has served on Tuskegee University’s annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference Advisory Board, a consortium of representatives from Historically Black Land Grant Institutions and state, federal, private and community based partners.


MA in Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico
BA in Politics and English, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Racial, social and environmental justice; Alternative economies; Community and regional planning; Movement building, Grassroots organizing and activism; Cultural ecology; Nonprofits; Organizational development; Social innovation and sustainability; Systems thinking

Personal Statement

My broad professional and personal goal is to build vibrant, just and sustainable communities and economies. My work focuses on developing local capacity, networks and partnerships that facilitate equitable access to resources and opportunity for economically marginalized communities and residents and creating the infrastructure for sustained economic and social progress. The exchange and relationships I have with Goddard students and faculty reinvigorates my work in the world with new ideas and inspiration and challenges me to think and dream in new ways.