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Sarah Francis

Founding Partner
Campaigns & Impact

With 25 years of experience designing and implementing innovative campaigns, Sarah knows how to bring people together for a cause.

At Upswell, she helps clients design and implement social campaigns to achieve their missions, from global health to disaster relief. Her goal, in every engagement, is give clients the skills and confidence to succeed on their own.

Before founding Upswell, Sarah was the Director of Strategy at ActionSprout, where she helped hundreds of organizations learn to use Facebook to achieve their missions. Previously, Sarah was the Chief Technology Officer at MomsRising, an advocacy organization focused on making America a truly family-friendly place. In just five years, Sarah helped build MomsRising from twenty thousand members to a thriving, nationwide one million strong powerhouse.

When Sarah’s not working, she might be found MIG welding, crocheting or playing in the woods.


Drew Bernard

Founding Partner
Innovation & New Initiatives

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in both the tech and the nonprofit fields, Drew is a rabid advocate for getting effective technology into the hands of the NGOs who can use it to create a healthier, more just and joyful world.

At Upswell, Drew is focused on innovation and new initiatives. He loves brainstorming new ideas with Upswell clients, and he’s always looking for opportunities to have a big impact.

Before founding Upswell, Drew co-founded ActionSprout, an online platform that helps thousands of NGOs around the world use Social Action Campaigns on Facebook to inspire, engage, and mobilize their supporters. Drew began working in the social sector in 2002 at the nonprofit capacity builder, where he helped launch a strategy and innovation program.

When he’s not working, you can find Drew on his bike, in the mountains, investing in local entrepreneurs, or being laughed at by his wife and kids as he strums the four chords he can play on the guitar.

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