Partner + Marketing Strategist

Sarah Mayer grew up surrounded by entrepreneurs. Most of the members of her immediate family owned small businesses and startups. It was long-term exposure, to both successful and failed businesses, that sparked her passion to work with entrepreneurs, think like an entrepreneur, and to be one herself.

Sarah is a native Pittsburgher, but has lived and worked in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Her business experience includes marketing and communications in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  Her passion lies in marketing communications and all things digital marketing. She is experienced in paid search, SEO, social media, email marketing, web site content development and web site management.

Sarah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing/Business in December 2001. One of her first positions was with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, where she held various roles from 2002 through 2005. Sarah enjoyed working in the non-profit sector and also promoting downtown Pittsburgh. Her major responsibilities at the PDP included coordinating and implementing major event marketing campaigns. This included Light Up Night—one of the largest annual events in downtown Pittsburgh. She was responsible for cultivating corporate sponsorships, managing special event budgets, planning and orchestrating the membership and property owner meetings, and coordinating the undergraduate intern program.

In 2005, Sarah left the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to join A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior care referral service, to serve as Marketing Director. In this role, Sarah showcased her ambition with exploration into new areas of marketing and communications, such as social media and paid search marketing.  At A Place for Mom, Sarah was responsible for launching, managing and measuring marketing campaigns for both B2B and B2C audiences, online marketing business development, content marketing, management of social media web sites, company event oversight and coordinating company communications.

After being a part of rapid growth and two major funding events at A Place for Mom, Sarah decided it was time to venture out on her own. She founded a marketing consultancy where she worked with a variety of small business owners, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Working with clients on marketing strategy, implementation and measurement, ultimately led her to partnering with other like-minded marketing and communications professionals.  The idea for Shift Collaborative began through those strategic relationships.

Sarah is currently serving as vice president on the Sojourner House board of directors after completing a two-year term as president. Sarah is former vice president and then president of the board of the Western Pennsylvania Montessori School, and was also the 2011-2012 President of the BNI Groundbreakers chapter.