Sarah Mack

Executive Director

On a life-mission to unite science with social responsibility, Sarah Mack is currently the Executive Director of the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership,  where she builds capacity for advocacy in communities, grassroot organizations, and students. Using her background in the sciences to embolden the general public to get involved, Sarah formerly served on both the Land Use Board and Environmental Commission of Roselle Park. In her roles, Sarah successfully managed the borough’s community garden, tree planting projects, and community education initiatives. While a commission member, Sarah successfully advocated for an Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI) to be conducted, which is now currently used to guide municipal decisions concerning climate change resilience.

Sarah holds a masters degree in Public Administration and a bachelors of science in Environmental Biology from Kean University. While at Kean, Sarah organized many successful events including Don’t Let Them Disappear: a moderated conversation with Chealsea Clinton  to discuss saving endangered animals from extinction and the Uniting Jersey for the Global Goals Sustainability Summit which brought together 150 participants from 15 NJ colleges and universities to discuss the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sarah also won Honorable Mention in the Barry Goldwater Scholarship competition, was named Kean University’s Student Researcher of the Year (2018), and won the Phi Kappa Phi Award for her research in conversion methods of waste from municipal wastewater treatment into biofuel and bio-energy. Sarah was also awarded the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

As a global citizen, Sarah spent three months in 2015 in Cambodia where she worked hands-on with a local NGO to develop their online presence which fueled her passion for humanity. Since then, Sarah has studied the ties between human health and the environment in Poland, China, Guatemala, the Bahamas, and the United States. Most recently, Sarah organized a relief trip to Poland with 14 participants to aid Ukrainian orphan refugees. 


The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for maximum charitable contribution permitted by law. Our Federal Identification Number is 83-3629808.