L.A.'s social justice epicenter since 1976

Sarah Vaill


Director of Philanthropy

“Growing up in Los Angeles, I learned to take action and speak up against injustice and discrimination. Gender equality and freedom from gender-based violence became passionate causes for me, so my first job was canvassing door-to-door across LA neighborhoods for Peace Over Violence at age 17. When I undertook international work, I was honored to help Jordanian women’s rights activists win one of the first domestic violence laws in the Arab states. Being at Liberty Hill today brings my work full circle back to the city where I first witnessed the power of social justice organizations and the principles of social justice philanthropy in action.”

After starting out at EarthWays Foundation in Los Angeles, Sarah spent seven years at the Global Fund for Women in San Francisco as a Program Officer and a Development Officer before she launched her consulting practice in 2002. During her years as a consultant, Sarah worked closely with local and international NGOs and social justice foundations such as V-Day, Grantmakers Without Borders, Women’s Funding Network, and Urgent Action Fund, among others, while serving as the Director of International Advocacy and Program Planning for Karama, a regional NGO advancing women’s rights in the Arab region.

She sits on the Board of Directors of Liberty Hill grantee Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs, and chairs the Research Grants Committee of the American Alpine Club. Sarah received her BA in Gender and Hispanic Cultures at Duke University and her Masters in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. As Director of Philanthropy, Sarah leads the Donor Advised Program at Liberty Hill, which includes all donor advised funds, giving circles and scholarship funds. 323-556-7203