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Sterling Herr

Chief Engagement Officer

As Chief Engagement Officer, Sterling oversees SAGE's marketing and communications. Sterling also manages SAGE's network of 28 affiliates in 20 states as well as new initiatives intended to engage tens of thousands of people in SAGE's mission. 

Over a 30-year career, Sterling has pushed the envelope as an educator in inner-city school systems, executive director of youth-oriented community and political participation organizations, and as an instructor of nonprofit management at DePaul University. As Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Initiative at Chicago’s largest community foundation, Sterling managed a 10-year, $30 million grant-making initiative.

From 2007 to 2014, Sterling parlayed a deep knowledge of social change and philanthropy to build a successful digital content firm serving foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies that included Atlantic Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations, Communications Network, Foundation Center, and Philanthropy New York. Her writing on the topic of philanthropic strategy for high-net worth donors was syndicated to more than 70 community foundations through the now defunct as well as outlets like Philanthropy News Digest

In 2009, she founded, a queer-positive website for those transgressing men’s fashion, and was named to GO Magazine’s 2010 Class of 100 Women We Love. She sold the site in 2015. 

Sterling holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an M.A. from De Paul University. 


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