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Sarah Gordon L’24

Sarah Gordon L’24

Sarah is a queer, Jewish woman who trusts in community more than anything. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018 with a degree in International Affairs and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has a deep connection to this specific patch of earth, with roots that spread the width of Greater Philadelphia. At age 18, Sarah moved to Jerusalem and then to St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis Sarah developed a love for story-telling, local activism, and especially for the people in her neighborhood who were wronged by environmental racism and the criminal (in)justice system. Those teachers and community leaders eventually led Sarah to New Orleans where she worked at grassroots criminal justice reform organizations VOTE and Voters Organized, both led by formerly incarcerated people. In Louisiana, she continued listening to and sharing new narratives, and fighting for statewide structural change in her communications role.

At Penn Law and eventually as a lawyer, Sarah will continue following the leadership of those most directly impacted by injustice. She hopes to play a small role in building a more empathetic and just world. She is also a ceramicist, hiking enthusiast, and lover of safe bike lanes.