Sarah Louise Smith, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in June 2006 with a B.A. in political economy. She received an MBA from The University of Alabama in May 2012.
Sarah Louise currently serves as the Executive Director of Impact Alabama, an award-winning nonprofit with a staff of 70+ full-time college graduates who have provided more than 8,000 college students the opportunity to participate in structured service projects designed to promote learning and leadership development.
Prior to serving as Impact Alabama’s Executive Director, Sarah Louise served as the Administrative Director for Impact Alabama from July 2008-February 2010 and SaveFirst Coordinator from July 2006-February 2010. She also works for the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.
In 2005, Sarah Louise worked with the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, an international organization that encourages cross-cultural dialogue by sponsoring forums on current international issues. She has also worked with two U.S. Representatives and at a national political convention.
Sarah Louise is a member of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Rotaract Foundation. She is also a member of Birmingham First United Methodist Church, Birmingham’s Rotaract Club, the PARCA Roundtable (serving as Chair of the Executive Committee in 2013), and the Alabama Leadership Initiative (Class of 2011).
In 2011, she participated in the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Prize2theFuture Competition where her team placed in the Top 10 of 1,100 entries for its idea to develop one city block in downtown Birmingham into a social entrepreneurship incubator.
In 2008, she won an “Alabama Citation for Excellence” Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival for her film “Foundation for Success,” which profiled a high-poverty, high-performing elementary school in Montgomery, Alabama, to emphasize the educational strategies that can successfully address societal disadvantages.
Sarah Louise enjoys international travel, playing the piano, squash, and ultimate frisbee.