Sally Fairman

Executive Director

Sally has been civically engaged since her childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she made calls to get out the vote at age twelve. She studied psychology in college and has worked and volunteered to strengthen child welfare since interning at the University of Michigan Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Most recently in Los Angeles, she was the executive director of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, an arts education agency at the cutting edge of afterschool programming for youth from underserved communities, including those from foster care and juvenile justice. From 2005-15, Sally grew the organization’s budget and programs ten-fold, with a focus on developing multiple community, government and school partnerships with L.A. County Probation and local Title I schools.

Her work with The Unusual Suspects changed lives and restored dreams to disenfranchised young people who stood at a crucial crossroads in their young lives, and Sally believes that NFYI provides the opportunity to support our most vulnerable youth on an even larger scale by working together toward meaningful systems change. Her previous work helped prove that many of the barriers that divide communities today could be unified by witnessing the stories of our young people. For her efforts, Sally and her organization were recognized nationally and internationally, including with the National Youth Arts and Humanities Program Award, presented at The White House.

Previously, she lived in New York City, where she taught English to international students at Columbia University, and acted and wrote for the small stage, co-winning the Jury Award at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival. Born and raised in Michigan, Sally has also lived in Washington DC; New York City; Los Angeles; Madrid, Spain; and Lodz, Poland. She is passionate about child welfare and believes there is nothing more important than protecting our children.

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