Meet Sarah Cohen, development associate

The recent University of Nebraska graduate is putting her writing skills and commitment to advocacy to use as Civic Nebraska's new development associate.


Sarah Cohen, a recent University of Nebraska graduate, is putting her writing skills and commitment to advocacy to use as our new development associate. She officially joined the Civic Nebraska team on May 6.

In the newly created role, Sarah will work alongside Director of Development Liz Potter to strengthen fundraising efforts and to expand Civic Nebraska’s grants portfolio. Crafting persuasive funding requests for our program areas present an exciting writing challenge for this May 2019 graduate, who studied political science and English.

Sarah Cohen

Growth is always on Civic Nebraska’s immediate horizon, so activating expanded development capacity is a welcome addition to our strategic plan and goals.

Prior to joining Civic Nebraska, Sarah spent the last two years working in public relations departments and in community organizing roles at various Nebraska nonprofits. She loves teaching, was an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and continues to teach English coursework at Doane University.

“Talking across differences has always been fascinating to me,” Sarah said. “I studied rhetoric for a reason. I’ve always seen the potential of writing as so much more than the art of persuasion. For me, the opportunity to change minds and craft a message that speaks across boundaries has always been an exciting challenge.”

Sarah is based in Lincoln.

“I have deep roots in Lincoln and I’m proud to live in this state,” she said. “Getting to use my voice and professional writing skills to support an organization I’ve been a longtime supporter of is, honestly, a dream come true.”

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s English master’s program. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching soccer, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.

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