Sarah Hope Marshall is a speaker and thought leader in the community development and social impact fields. Her work and commitment to diversity is informed by her personal perspective as person living with a lifelong non-apparent disability.

Sarah also brings vast professional expertise to her consulting work. She spent almost two decades in various forms of socially conscious work, and  years in executive management in the financial services industry. She earned her MBA from North Park University with a self-designed concentration in community development and an MLA from The University of Chicago with a concentration in leadership & ethics. 

Sarah has worked for small, mid-sized and publicly traded organizations, and in not-for-profit, corporate and social enterprise sectors. The expertise gives her a broad range of experiences to draw from when advising her clients or conducting a training.

Sarah Hope has a unique background that she utilizes to help her clients advance their mission, have greater impact in their community, improve their employee engagement metrics or achieve other socially focused goals while keeping an eye on profits and not losing sight of business processes. 



Do you need a speaker for your event or conference? Sarah is available to speak, teach, or facilitate your next event.


Sarah specializes in helping organizations align values with business model, find funding resources, communicate clearly with stakeholders, and more effectively solve problems in their industry or community. Learn more about services offered.




“Just wanted to say thanks so much for presenting at the conference this week! The support is so much appreciated – and your presentation came up a ton on day two. It was a homerun for sure. Probably the most-cited thing when we asked attendees what they’re going to take back with them from the conference. So kudos to you!”

Tom Sakash, CUNA Small Asset Size Conference Coordinator

Grant Writing

“We absolutely loved working with you on the grants! The grants were VERY WELL written, you took really good care of the client and you were able to get them in well before the deadline. This is a huge relief for us and we will definitely like to work with you on more grants!”

– Scott Butterfield, Your Credit Union Partner


‘The turnaround that Sarah has achieved in two years is remarkable. She has restored North Side to profitability, raised staff morale to the highest level I’ve seen it at in a decade, deftly executed a transition plan for the board while alienating no one, held annual strategic planning sessions, and completed a couple of capital-intensive modernization projects that seemed impossible a couple of years ago.”

– Amy Crawford, Board Member at North Side Community FCU


“The two of us agree that this was the most impactful and satisfying project we’ve worked on together and are so grateful to you.”

– Karen Amore-Spalding, Biomarin Pharmaceutical


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