Sarah Richards, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Sarah Richards, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

TITLE:  Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Water Sustainability

CONTACT:  srichards@cgmf.org, 713-244-4178

PROFILE:  Sarah Richards is the water program officer at the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and has held this position since September 2015. She is also a McBee Fellow for the Austin Area Research Organization.

Her LinkedIn summary shares this information:

Experienced director with a passion for innovative educational programs and a keen ability to lead, motivate, and empower colleagues and the community. Solid experience in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating educational and outreach programs and projects. Strong background and experience in strategic leadership, annual budgets, grant writing, and stakeholder reports.

And Richards’ professional bio shares the following about her background:

Sarah Richards is water program officer for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation where she invests resources toward addressing water management challenges to ensure adequate water supplies for the environment in Texas. With more than eight years of experience in the Texas water and natural resource sector and 15 years working in and with academia and nonprofit organizations, Sarah is passionate about the positive impact community organizations and institutions can have on Texas natural resources.

Prior to joining the foundation, Sarah served as program director then executive director for the Colorado River Alliance and as program director for Keep Texas Beautiful. Her work has focused on developing and executing water and natural resource education programs and assisting organizations statewide in building sustainable operations and programs.

Sarah is a member of Impact Austin and the Texas Water Foundation’s Young Professionals group; advisor for Girls Giving Grants; and serves on the Austin Integrated Water Resource Planning Community Task Force. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Texas and her Master of Education from Texas State University.