Sarah Pike

Women’s Business Center Director | spike@womenventure.org

Biography

Sarah graduated in 1997 from Syracuse University, where she majored in International Economics and minored in Sociology. Not long after graduation, she decided to focus her career on economic and business development and helping people achieve their American dream. She spent the first 7 years of her career as a civil servant, working for the Minneapolis Community Development Agency and then the City of Minneapolis, where she helped to secure over $30 million in federal and state grant funds to support economic and community development.

After earning her MBA at St. Thomas University, she decided to chase her own entrepreneurial aspirations and started her own business, which she ran for six years and then sold. In 2010, she began working with Common Enterprise Development Corporation and the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) where she was introduced to the cooperative business model and its utility for helping people to reach equity and business ownership. As the Executive Director of ACE, Sarah worked with co-operative educators across North America to teach both the general public and those within co-ops businesses how this model can help to achieve economic self-sustainability. Sarah joined WomenVenture in 2016 to help bring the cooperative business model to WomenVenture’s offerings. Today she is the Women’s Business Center Director and oversees the training, lending, volunteer, and technical assistance programs.

When Sarah isn’t at or commuting to work, she can be found spending time with her fellas – husband Wes, son Tyler, and dog Dutch. Most often they are frolicking in Carver Park, hitting the road in their camper, and in the winter months, playing some broomball.

Interesting Fact

I know entirely too much about The Brady Bunch

Favorite Local Restaurant

School of the Wise

Favorite Movie

Shag, The Movie

Woman I Admire

Jane Addams