Sarah Acer, MEd, Solve For XX Co-founder
social impact storyteller, passport stamp collector, chief behavior change researcher.
Sarah is an award-winning communications, fundraising and development strategist who began her social impact career at 14 as youth speaker and community advocacy coordinator for the truth campaign. Since then, Sarah has spent the past 15+ years working with leading corporate citizens, nonprofits and government agencies, leveraging her diverse strategic communications, social impact storytelling and impact science expertise to improve systems, campaigns and causes around the world. A long-time writer, creator and do-goodery fanatic, Sarah founded Align Communications and Creative — an impact-obsessed creative agency focused on strategy, story, data and partnerships to increase outcomes and social good— in 2015. Most recently, Sarah has represented clients such as the American Cancer Society, United Way and the University of Berkeley and has developed social impact partnerships with many Fortune 500 organizations such as Lyft, Salesforce, WeWork, LeanIn, SAP and The Wall Street Journal to transform communities and improve lives.
Sarah is currently pursuing a PhD in Education with an emphasis on behavior change and social justice, and holds a Master of Education, Organizational Learning, Performance and Change degree from Colorado State University. When not helping organizations improve enhance their triple bottom line through results-based systems, communications and partnerships, she can often be found collecting passport stamps, spending time with her kickass family, and ensuring the world knows Bruce Springsteen is the greatest of all time.
Kristin Romaine, MNM, Solve For XX Co-founder
fundraising enthusiast, social change innovator, chief joy scatterer.
As an innovator and social impact artist, Kristin started her first nonprofit at the age of 22 because she saw a problem in her community and she wanted to solve it. Since then she has learned to apply creativity, strategy and startup innovation practices to organizations all over the world. She received her MBA in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2003, but as a lifelong learner her certificates include Lifestyle Design at Stanford University, Mindfulness Training at Google, and Strategic Planning at the Institute for Cultural Affairs and Lego Serious Play. She has raised over $75 million dollars for local, national and global organizations.
Kristin is a lead facilitator at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and also a frequent facilitator for the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. She currently is the Chief Innovator at Like the Lettuce, a global innovation consultancy firm based out of Phoenix Arizona. She is a graduate of the Valley Leadership Class 36 and was also named by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the 40 under 40 in 2012. She is married to Terrance Romaine and has a totally awesome three-year-old named James. Their family mission is to #scatterjoy for a #happyhumanity. Kristin's life long goal is to become a philanthropist herself contributing to solving organizations infrastructure challenges in order to make them more effective and impactful on the world.