Sara Razavi

2021
Chief Executive Officer
Working Solutions

Sara Razavi has 20 years’ experience in the social sector with expertise in operations, strategy, small businesses, and partnership management. In 2013 Sara joined Working Solutions, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing capital and consulting to start-up and early stage small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sara originally served as COO before being selected to be CEO succeeding the founding CEO. Prior to joining Working Solutions, Sara was Executive Director of Honoring Emancipated Youth, a subsidiary of United Way of the Bay Area. Over the years Sara has worked at multiple social sector entities specifically focused on under-resourced communities including women, immigrant, and low-income communities. Sara has a BA in Sociology and Theatre from UC Davis, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco where she focused on the intersection of social impact and finance. Sara serves on the Board of Directors of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the CDFI national industry group; the Executive Committee of the California Coalition of CDFI’s; the Advisory Council of REDF Impact Investing Fund; and is also active in her other passion, the arts, through the San Francisco Bay Area theatre community, primarily as a past board member and current advisor to Golden Thread Productions.