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Sarah Okin

Sarah Okin

Sarah Okin

Director

The Herb Amster Center at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

Sarah Okin currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is the Director of The Herb Amster Center, the social entrepreneurship arm of a local social services nonprofit organization, Jewish Family Services. Sarah is working to, through social enterprise, bring financial stability to individuals and families in southeast Michigan, as well as long-term stability to JFS. Sarah studied International Business at both an undergraduate (Eastern Michigan University) and graduate (European Business School London) level. Her passion for learning about other cultures through experience saw Sarah move to Israel for a year following high school, where she volunteered in Jerusalem. She went on to study abroad at the University of Cape Town as well as Copenhagen Business School. After her undergraduate studies Sarah lived in New York, working for a management consulting firm in finance. During that time, Sarah was an ICHEIC Service Corps Fellow, participating in monthly seminars at New York University covering topics affecting victims of fascism and weekly visited one-on-one with an octogenarian Holocaust survivor. Following her MBA, Sarah completed a course at International House London in business cultural training as well as a course in contract law, before starting up two companies in digital marketing. Growing up, Sarah was an active member of the youth empowerment focused organization Habonim Dror and currently sits on the board of her local ‘chapter’ as a member of both the finance and marketing committees. She served as a judge in the University of Michigan’s 2012 Michigan Business Challenge, critiquing business ideas and offering feedback to teams. Sarah is a member of Social Enterprise Metro Detroit and has contributed articles on ‘social enterprise in the third sector’ to Abec’s Small Business Review, a local monthly paper.