Sara Guillermo, Chief Executive Officer

Sara Guillermo is a founding member of the IGNITE team. She first joined the organization as a program facilitator, moved on to run our California programs, built out national programming, and ultimately worked alongside our founder to grow IGNITE to the largest, most diverse young women’s political leadership organization in the country.

Sara's previous leadership positions at Seeking Common Ground, Aspire Public Schools, and buildOn informed her passion and expertise in community service, youth development, program management, and capacity building. Sara is a nationally recognized expert in women’s political power, especially as it relates to racial and gender justice. She is regularly called upon to share her expertise via media outlets and national stages, and has been featured in The New York Times, ABC News, NBC, and NPR where she leads with her personal path to power as an immigrant, first-generation college graduate, youth organizer, educator, foster parent, and breast cancer survivor. Sara is deeply committed to reforming local health care policies and systems to better meet the needs of diverse communities and currently serves on the Concord/Pleasant Hill Healthcare Community Board. Sara holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. You can reach Sara at

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