Sarah Hamilton Berthelot serves as President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways. Leading a virtual team, Sarah coordinates opportunities for nine member United Ways to collaborate on impact, talent development and advocacy efforts. Berthelot provides statewide project coordination for the Louisiana 2-1-1 network and the United Way ALICE Project.
Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector for 21 years since graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she served as the first elected female president of the Student Government Association. Upon graduation, she enrolled for a year of service as an AmeriCorps, Delta Service Corps Member, assigned to serve families through Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. Prior to her work with state association, Sarah worked for United Way of Acadiana for 10 years, serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Resource Development and Chief of Community Impact.
Berthelot is actively engaged in the United Way Worldwide network as the Immediate Past-Chair of the United Way Council of States. Sarah also currently serves as a member of the US United Way Membership Accountability Committee, 2-1-1 National Operating Group, LEAD Advisory Group. Sarah served as a United Way Worldwide Resident Fellow in 2008 and later participated in the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program in 2013. In 2012, Sarah served on the United Way Worldwide Talent Management Task Force and United Way Worldwide Task Force for Growth.
In her volunteer leadership roles, Sarah is a board member for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families and mentor for the 705 Young Professional Organization in Acadiana. Through the years, Sarah has served as an Executive Board Member for the Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations (LANO), President of the Junior League of Lafayette (2008), At-Large Board Member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and Chair of the Parent Group at the Episcopal School of Acadiana. Sarah is a member of Leadership Lafayette, Class XXI and founding member of the 705 Young Professional Organization in Lafayette
Sarah has received numerous honors — including being named one of Acadiana’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2014; recognized as “Lady of the Year” by the Faith House in 2008 and named as one of the Top 20 under 40 in 2007 by The Daily Advertiser.