WEA envisions a world where grassroots women leaders and our communities have everything they need to thrive, and our team of summer interns play a key role in making this vision come to life. Sara Anderson, a Programs + Operations intern with us this summer, is no exception. She’s intelligent, hard-working, and dedicated to community organizing and female leadership. (She also has an awesome dry sense of humor!)

While Sara’s involved all aspects of WEA this summer, lots of her time recently has been spent coordinating our support for this year’s Run4Salmon. We can’t wait to see what her energy and creativity will bring to our work!

Name: Sara Anderson

Role at WEA: Programs and Operations Intern

Hometown: West Marin/Sausalito, CA

Fun Fact: My twin sister interned here in 2016 while she was attending Cal (we are not identical)

Why did you want to intern with WEA? I have a BA in International Relations and I’ve been interested in nonprofit management, especially with organizations that focus on supporting women leadership and community building. WEA offers a fundamental perspective on the value of women empowerment’s positive effects on environmental sustainability abroad. I did some organizing in Tacoma, WA with the Queer Trans War ban and I want to continue affirming intersectional projects and radicalism in the nonprofit work I go on to do after WEA.

What’s your go-to strategy for lessening your environmental/climate footprint? I buy second-hand where I can, repurposing, and recycling. But even the little actions like picking up trash along a hiking trail or from the dunes at the beach still have positive impacts if it’s all you can manage. 

Tell us about a woman who inspires you. I think Marsha P Johnson and more currently RuPaul inspire me to challenge the standards and envision and strive for something better. Be the best you, you can be!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? I have always enjoyed exploring the old barracks out in the Marin Headlands and hike around the trails in West Marin. More recently, I’ve spent some time in the San Francisco National Cemetery and hope to visit some more around the Bay this summer.

Any community events coming up you’re excited about (bonus points if it’s women-led/organized!)? Right now, I am very excited to be assisting WEA with donation requests for the 3rd annual Run4Salmon in September, not only because it is led by indigenous women spiritual leaders from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, but this 300 mile journey localizes the environmental degradation in our California waterways, but aims to restore our salmon runs and revitalizing indigenous lifeways.

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to? I am currently reading Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times by Nick Montgomery and Carla Bergman, and I’m watching The Casketeers on Netflix.

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