Sara Dziuk joined College Possible as the leader of the Minnesota site in 2010. During her tenure, College Possible Minnesota has doubled the number of students supported and the amount of revenue raised. The site also launched and expanded programming throughout the state of Minnesota and has been recognized with several awards, including the Nonprofit Excellence Award for large nonprofits from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits in 2013 and Inaugural Eureka Award for Innovation from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2014.
Prior to leading the College Possible Minnesota site, Sara was a senior leader at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. Sara was responsible for JA’s K-12 programs–impacting 120,000 students annually with lessons on financial literacy, career and college readiness and entrepreneurship. In her years at JA, Sara managed both development and program responsibilities and was instrumental in introducing new programs, overseeing educational evaluations, developing relationships with donors, schools and community partners and sharing best practices with sites across the U.S. In 2010, Sara was recognized by Junior Achievement of the USA with the “JA Rising Star Award,” honoring her leadership and achievements.
Before her work with Junior Achievement, Sara served as vice president of the Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this role, Sara managed the strategic, financial and day-to-day operations of the non-profit organization. During her tenure with the organization, the non-profit was recognized with 15 state and regional awards for producing exceptional results and demonstrating innovation.
Sara was recognized as a Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal 2013 40 Under Forty honoree for demonstrating exceptional business savvy, leadership and community involvement. Sara holds an MBA from Minnesota State University in Mankato, and a bachelor’s degree in management from Gustavus Adolphus College. Sara sits on the ISD #196 Foundation Board of Directors and is an active community volunteer.