Vice President, National Community Alliances
Teach for America
Sarah Ha serves as the vice president of National Community Alliances at Teach For America (TFA). In this role, she is responsible for driving the organization’s external engagement strategy with national civil rights and aligned organizations, leading and working alongside a team of senior leaders who manage the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Alliances, Black Community Alliances, DACA Initiative, Latinx Community Alliances, LGBTQ+ Community Initiative, and Native Alliances. Her team’s charge is to build and strengthen alliances with our internal and external communities to cultivate a powerful coalition of AAPI, Black, DACAmented, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and Native/Indigenous nations and communities shaping the educational equity landscape through an intersectional framework.
Formerly, Sarah launched and led TFA’s National AAPI Community Alliances. She was responsible for cultivating and building relationships with external grassroots and grasstops organizations, influencers, and media committed to strengthening Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander educators, students, and their communities. In 2018, the TFA’s AAPI Alliances through Sarah's leadership, advocacy, and partnership building was awarded the Leadership Education for Asian Pacific's (LEAP) Community Award. She also managed Teach For America’s DACA Initiative team supporting and working alongside over 240 DACAmented teachers and educators.
Prior to joining TFA, Sarah was the senior director of programs and student affairs at the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in Washington, DC. She oversaw the strategic development and implementation of academic support, leadership development, and community-building programs for 16,000+ recipients of the GMS and APIASF scholarship awards. In this capacity, Sarah partnered with the United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, American Indian Graduate Center, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and many other community organizations committed to educational equity and racial justice.
Sarah has over 15 years of experience working in multicultural affairs, conducting research on the educational experiences of underrepresented and underserved students in higher education, in addition to implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programming and initiatives. Prior to APIASF and GMS, Sarah worked in the Office of the Dean of Students at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center, and served as an intergroup dialogue facilitator dedicated to creating inclusive, affirming, and diverse campus environments. Her previous work experience includes helping to build and launch the Legal and Compliance Department at Cowen and Company, LLC and her litigation paralegal role at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP.
Sarah earned her master’s degree in student affairs, higher education and organizational change from University of California, Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and faith, peace and justice from Boston College. She currently lives in Queens, New York with her beloved husband and younger sister.