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Sarah Pingel

Vice President


Sarah is Vice President at NCHEMS and supports the team in setting and realizing the strategic direction of the organization. She conceptualizes projects, carries out research and analysis, crafts reports and findings, and delivers impactful presentations and testimonies. Prior to coming to NCHEMS in 2023, Sarah was a Senior Researcher at Ithaka S+R and a Principal at the Education Commission of the States. In both organizations, Sarah leveraged her expertise in state funding and postsecondary governance to advance work related to financial aid, state funding models, student transfer and mobility.

Education & Training

Sarah earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver, her M.A. in French from Bryn Mawr College, and her B.A. in French and Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Outside Interests

Sarah is an avid knitter and can often be found with a ball of yarn nearby. She also enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with her family in the mountains.

Why I Work With NCHEMS

I believe in the power of higher education to unlock opportunity and economic mobility for individuals, communities, and states. However, systems must be intentionally designed in order to unlock these benefits. I work at NCHEMS because I enjoy solving challenges that hold systems, policies, and practices back from realizing their full potential.