Sara Lyons

  • Sara Lyons
  • Lead, Sector Engagement
  • Pronoun(s): she/her
  • Words to Inspire: Just, Creative, Caring.
  • Canada

Sara Lyons, Vice President of our collective member Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), is on secondment with the Equality Fund to support driving the organization’s partnerships and collaboration with the Canadian foundation sector.

With over 20 years of experience in this space, Sara has played a leadership role in bringing foundations together for impact. While at CFC, Sara helped catalyze synergistic partnerships among foundations, the corporate sector, government, and other partners including the Community Foundations and Environment program and the Youth Catalyst Fund.

A graduate of McGill and the University of Toronto, Sara is a frequent speaker on philanthropy, innovation, and social finance—with past experience in both politics and urban issues. 

She is currently a board member of Exeko and is the former Chair of the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada—two roles that have allowed her to live out her passion for transformative philanthropy, social inclusion, and creating innovative spaces of learning and activation.

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