Saskia is an experienced strategist and program architect. She founded the Power Launch innovation lab to invest in compelling ideas, exceptional leaders and high-impact nonprofits. Saskia has led the startup and early growth of numerous other social impact organizations. In 2014, she cofounded IdeaLift, a boutique strategy consulting firm. She previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Grow, a four-star Charity Navigator rated early childhood nonprofit serving low-income families in Boston and New York.
Saskia and her husband Paul cofounded the Brookline Teen Center, a state of the art facility and program that opened in Fall 2013. Another family venture, the Foundation To Be Named Later, was launched in 2005 under the umbrella of the Red Sox Foundation, after the team won its first world series in 86 years. To date, the foundation has distributed $10 million to youth-serving organizations in Boston and Chicago and sent 50 promising young leaders to college. Saskia also cofounded a networking group for nonprofit executive women that has been gathering monthly since 2012.
In 2016, Saskia was selected for the Boston delegation of the U.S Competitiveness, American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. In 2014 she was appointed to Governor-elect Charlie Baker's transition committee for stronger, safer communities. The prior year, Saskia was honored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.
Saskia is a founding board member of City Awake, the Brookline Teen Center and the Foundation To Be Named Later. For seven years, she served as a trustee and President of the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, an organization that helps child victims of abuse and exploitation to feel safe, cope with trauma and receive legal support.
Saskia's passion for protecting vulnerable children stems from her work at The Home for Little Wanderers. For ten years, Saskia directed child welfare programs at The Home and developed new innovative services for children with special needs.
Early in her career she was critical to the growth of two social entrepreneurial ventures, Citizen Schools and City Year, which grew from early-stage startups into thriving national organizations. These formative professional experiences ignited Saskia's interest in social innovation, particularly to address the effects and root causes of poverty.