Sara Hourwitz

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Sara grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her parents, older brother and two dogs. She graduated from Ursinus college, a small liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia, with a bachelor of arts in English and Media Communications in 2013. After working for the Jewish Social Service Agency for two years, Sara was hired by Sulam in the fall of 2016 to be the Development Manager. In this role, she oversees the acknowledgment process for all gifts, stewards relationships with current donors, and works to engage and cultivate potential donors to the organization. She also prepare grant proposals for foundations and work closely with Sulam’s Marketing Director to plan and execute fundraising events, including the Annual Gala.


Sara will be graduating from Johns Hopkins this August with her Master’s in Public Management and Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She’s a big sports fan, and roots for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Ravens.

1.) Describe yourself in one word.


2.) Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to be the director of development for a nonprofit organization. I also would love to have a french bulldog and own a house.

3.) What is your signature drink?

Margarita — I like tequila.

4.) 1990s Nostalgia is pretty big on the internet. What 90s trend would you want to make a comeback?

Scrunchies. They’re such an underrated accessory. And they’re super handy if you ever want to put your hair up during the day.

5.) What is the most gratifying aspect of your work?

It’s really nice to know that the money that I help to raise supports such a worthwhile cause. Speaking with our students and seeing their successes in and outside of the classroom helps solidify for me the fact that Sulam makes a true difference in the lives of our students.

6.) What would be the title of this chapter in your life?

“A Three-Ring Circus.” Why? I think this title is appropriate because it’s an exciting time in my life and I’m always looking forward to seeing what comes next (just like the audience at a circus). I’m juggling a lot right now; I’m working on establishing my career, pursuing my Master’s degree and maintaining a social life. It’s just very hectic and can get a little daunting but overall it’s a fun and enjoyable experience.

7.) Do you prefer talking on the phone or texting before a first date? Would you make your preference known?

Texting. I prefer texting in general unless I’m catching up with my close friends. I would likely not make a preference known because I wouldn’t want to offend the guy.

8.) What do you like about being in a relationship?

Always having a plus one on hand for events.

9.) What is your go-to karaoke song?

“Wannabe” by Spice Girls. It’s just a fun and upbeat song that my friends and I love to dance to.

10.) What is your favorite memory from college?

I was an editor for my college’s newspaper and I always loved going to our editor meetings once a week and planning our upcoming issue.

11.) What makes you feel happy?

Spending time with my family and friends and seeing the family dogs, Bucky and Mikey.

12.) Fill in the blank: I have been to ____ /50 U.S. States.


13.) Which is your favorite Smithsonian museum?

To be honest, I don’t love museums because I’d rather be outside or doing something more active. The zoo is technically a Smithsonian. Does that count?

14.) If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

Without a doubt, Derek Jeter. I’m a huge New York Yankees fan and he’s my favorite player. He’s a great role model and played the game the way it should be played. It doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty handsome as well.

15.) Nuthouse or Ben Yehuda? Explain.

Ben Yehuda. It comes down to the sauce they use.

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