Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Sarah Ting (MPP ’17)

Sarah began her work in public policy at the Urban Institute in Washington DC where she focused on national health, education and employment, and anti-poverty program evaluations for the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services. After UI, she moved to Gujarat, India to work at the grassroots level with the country's largest women's organization, a trade union called Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA). She spent a year there conducting food systems fieldwork and community-based participatory research on micro enterprise training programs. After her time in India, she decided to return to her hometown to continue her work in food systems through a district-wide farm to school initiative and garden education program for Oakland Unified School District. In 2014, she was honored for her service with an invitation to meet First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and help plant the spring kitchen garden there.

As a native of Oakland, Sarah has found it grounding to continue working in her community while at Goldman. She is managing the start up a youth-led food storytelling project at the HOPE Collaborative, serving as an Executive Committee Member of the Oakland Food Policy Council, and Co-Chairs the Executive Board of Directors at Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project in East Oakland.

Sarah graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010 with a BA in Sociology and Public Policy.