Sara Newell

Sr. VP of Community Impact

Sara Newell

Sara Newell  is the Senior VP of Community Impact. She came to Birmingham to attend college and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Samford University and a Masters of Public Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Prior to assuming her current role at United Way, she worked for five years as a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy in Los Angeles and New York City. She returned to Birmingham to join United Way in December, 2006 to run United Way’s agency relations and campaign allocations.

In 2009 she was promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, overseeing the distribution of approximately $24MM each year. She is also UWCA’s lead organizer for the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama, a community-wide collaborative effort aimed at creating positive, measurable and community-level change in Health and Education.

Sara was recognized in 2018 as “Top Influencer Under 40” by Birmingham magazine and in 2019 she was recognized in the “Who’s Next? The Future Generation of Local Women Leading the Way” segment of About Town. She has served on the Boards of Directors for the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, United Way Hands On and currently serves on the board of Birmingham Promise. Sara is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham. She is married to Van Newell and they have two sons, ages 10 and 4.