As Senior Manager for Innovation & Learning for the New Americans Campaign, Sarah Letson discovers the innovative best practices in the New Americans Campaign partners’ naturalization work, and then facilitates methods of spreading those strategies to other organizations in the national learning network. Her best practices curriculum includes in-person conferences and caucuses, email newsletters, webinars, conference calls, an online resource library, and toolkits. Sarah also analyzes and shares data on naturalization trends for the Campaign.
Sarah’s career in non-profits spans over ten years. Before joining the ILRC, Sarah worked in homeless services, training staff on how best to capture and use client data, as well as helping shape regional policies and best practices around data for homeless services programs. She also served on a national committee planning an annual best practices sharing conference of Homeless Management Information System database staff, and as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national effort to increase housing rates for homeless individuals and families. She began her non-profit career at Heartland Alliance helping resettle refugees into Chicago apartments, and is happy to return to immigration work in her position at the ILRC.
Sarah earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, where she double-majored in biology and anthropology. She is also an alumna of the year-long Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship program in Germany. She is proficient in German with some knowledge of Spanish, French, and American Sign Language.