Saskia is an experienced strategist and program architect. She founded Power Launch Philanthropy 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. She previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Grow, a four-star Charity Navigator rated 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 $11+ million to youth-serving organizations in Boston and Chicago and sent 100+ promising young leaders to college.
Saskia is a passionate advocate of women; teaching salary negotiation workshops for a City of Boston/ AAUW initiative to close the gender pay-gap. She cofounded a networking group for nonprofit executive women that has been gathering monthly since 2012. Saskia is also a founding member of the women’s philanthropic group (S.O.A.R).
In 2016, Saskia was selected for the Boston delegation of the U.S Competitiveness, American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. She also served on Governor Charlie Baker's transition committee for stronger, safer communities. In 2013, Saskia was recognized for her leadership by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.
For many years, Saskia 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 seek justice. Saskia's passion for protecting vulnerable children stems from her work at The Home for Little Wanderers, where Saskia directed child welfare programs and developed 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.