THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT SARA PHALEN, J.D., M.A. WILL BE THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.
Sara Phalen began her involvement with Women on the Border in 2005 when she, as a law school student, traveled with WOB founder Elvia Arriola to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an educational delegation linked to a graduate course on “Women, Law and the Global Economy.” As a student at Northern Illinois University Sara also pursued a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and received a certificate in Museum Studies. In 2017 she earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. Sara has provided a Midwest America presence from Chicagoland since she joined the Board of Directors in 2010.
Since 2006, Sara has been an organizer and nonprofit administrator working with community groups and cultural institutions to study, educate and raise awareness around issues of social justice in populations with large immigrant populations. Her work has focused on communities in the western suburbs of Chicago, with links to the Mexican United States border. In 2009 she cofounded People Made Visible, Inc., an arts and culture nonprofit that utilizes the arts as a catalyst for social change. In 2016 she was selected by Shaw Media for a Best Under 40 Award.
At the Board meeting to vote on Sara’s application for the position of Executive Director Women on the Border also approved an expanded mission statement focused on increasing awareness over increasing threats in the U.S. to the loss of universal human rights for women, gender minorities, people of color, workers, indigenous peoples, immigrants and youth. Sara Phalen’s demonstrated commitment to community organizing, her visions for using history, cultural studies and public education to enhance social justice promise a welcome change in leadership for the organization.