Sarah Carpenter is a native Memphian and proud resident of the North Memphis community

In 2015 she helped establish The Memphis Lift and in 2016 became its executive director. Sarah leads the organization with a parent-focused dedication to community engagement. She brings parents to the table to educate them about school performance in order to demand high quality education through choice and healthy competition. She leads a team of 16 parents who work to support the mission of The Memphis Lift, making the powerless parent powerful.

Her proudest accomplishment has been seeing her grandchildren and other children in her community attend college, graduate, and become productive citizens. Prior to founding The Memphis Lift, Sarah also served on several boards, including the Northside Family Resource Center Board and the board of KIPP Public Charter Schools.