CASA Staff Profile

Sarah Chenven
Vice President


Time on Board: Member since 2009

Reason you joined the board: I love CASA’s mission and was honored to be asked to contribute to its efforts, particularly with regards to the commitment to improving the lives of individuals and families that underlies all of the programs.

Describe your current/most recent job: I currently work for Credit Builders Alliance, a national nonprofit alliance of over 450 mission-driven organizations committed to helping low-income and underserved consumers build credit as strategy to achieve and maintain financial stability.

Specific set of skills you bring to the board:

  • Consumer lending
  • Asset building
  • Credit building
  • Program design
  • Legal training

Hobbies: Before I had a child I made jewelry! Now hobbies include reading People magazine and The New York Times when I can and keeping my kid out of trouble!

Describe other board experience (i.e. name of org, time on board, type of org): Former board service with tax-prep organization, CASH Oregon (1 year). Current board service in addition to CASA with Innovative Changes (since February 2015), which offers financial education, small dollar lending, and credit and asset building (including education IDAs as a CASA partner), to low-income individuals and families in Oregon (primarily tri-county area but looking to expand).

What did you want to be when you grew up? A “do-gooder”

Hidden/special talent: I used to have a good singing voice!

If you had a time machine, what year would you go back to and why?I’m not as interested in the past as the future honestly but I might go back to 1943 and join up with the group of Italian Jewish resistance fighters that I heard about from a friend of my grandmother’s growing up.

Favorite bumper sticker?Pro Choice is Pro Life

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go? I would take my kid to Prague because it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to and it would be great to see her take in all the wonders.