Adene Sacks
Networks and Leadership

Adene Sacks is a philanthropic advisor and social impact strategy consultant who spends her days thinking about how networks, design and strategy can amplify leaders’ efforts at changing social systems. Over the last three years, she has helped build cross-sector leadership networks in California’s Central Valley and Napa County whose purpose is to redesign how social systems can better serve those impacted.

Adene happily wears many hats. She is the Program Director of the Irvine New Leadership Network; a Senior Advisor to Open Impact; and a founding member of the With/In Collaborative. Previously, Adene spent a year with the Organizational Effectiveness team at the Packard Foundation; and has served as Senior Advisor to both DataKind, and the Fellows Program at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (or d.school). In a previous life, Adene served as the first senior program officer at Jim Joseph Foundation and, in 2011, was honored to receive the JJ Greenberg Award for Philanthropic Leadership.

Adene’s writing, focused on what impacts our ability to repair our world, has appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She and Heather McLeod Grant recently co-authored The New Normal, a study that explores how we can support social change leaders on the frontlines of this political moment.

Adene lives in Berkeley, CA. She tries to get to yoga twice a week.