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Sarah Dieleman Perry

Sarah Dieleman Perry

Director of Economic Opportunity (she/her)

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Sarah Dieleman Perry is the Director of Economic Opportunity. Since launching this program area at Neighborhood Allies in 2015, Sarah has developed locally and nationally recognized expertise in financial capability and wealth building for people of color, vulnerable populations, and under-resourced communities. Her role is to develop strategic partnerships, raise philanthropic and government funding, create new initiatives, and analyze data to track outcomes. 

Sarah created and facilitates the Asset Building Network, manages the Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center with the City of Pittsburgh and Advantage Credit Counseling Services, and oversees Bank On Allegheny County and Fund My Future PGH. 

Sarah served Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development as a program officer since 2001 prior to its transition to Neighborhood Allies. Prior to her role at PPND, Sarah worked as a project manager in the Housing Division of Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. She got her start in community development as a community liaison in Guatemala for World Renew, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Michigan. Sarah holds a Master’s in Economic and Social Development and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.