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Sarah Hutton

Managing Director, Career Pathways

"I believe in order to address the many systemic issues that contribute to widespread poverty and inequity in our region, it requires many strong partners and a community-centered approach. That is why I am proud of our work at United Way – we don’t try to accomplish anything alone, instead we bring the entire region together to help solve some of the most pressing issues of our time."

Sarah Hutton serves as Managing Director, Career Pathways at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) but is best described as our Queen of Candor. Sarah is responsible for UWGPSNJ’s career pathways pillar which includes programming in areas such as workforce development, re-entry, and entrepreneurship, as well as the jobs and opportunities pillar of The Promise.  

Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, Sarah worked for a wide variety of nonprofits and institutions of higher education. She first entered the nonprofit and workforce development fields by teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESL). Over the next decade, she oversaw programming in youth development, college attainment and persistence, and workforce development. She is currently an adjunct professor at Delaware Technical and Community College, where she teaches courses in the social sciences department.  

Sarah earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) from Delaware State University, a master’s degree in Global and International Education with a concentration in Education Policy from Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications with a minor in Public Health from Temple University. She has volunteered for the ACLU of Delaware, Faithful Friends Animal Shelter, and the Educational Surrogate Parent and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Delaware focusing on the educational success and general well-being of children in foster care. 

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new restaurants, reading, playing video games (poorly), and, above all else, spending time with her dog and trying to find every dog-friendly venue in the Greater Philadelphia area.  


NeMoyer et al. (2023, January). Synthesis of the research: understanding the significance of criminal record clearing as a poverty reduction strategy. Record-Clearing-Lit-Review_3.2.23-updated.pdf ( 

The Promise’s Record Clearing Initiative: Reflecting on six-months: The Promise’s Record Clearing Initiative: Reflecting on six months

Awards & Certifications    

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification: International Language Institute, 2011 

Nonprofit Management Certification: University of Delaware, 2013  

Drexel University “40 under 40” Award, 2015 

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