Sara Haskie-Mendoza has worked 20 years as a grassroots community organizer, trainer and outreach specialist. Sara developed Xinachtli –– an innovative youth health and rites of passage curriculum for young women and girls — in which she has trained hundreds of facilitators nationally. She is a fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute and a recipient of the 2007 Los Angeles Peace Maker Award. Sara worked as a fundraising trainer for Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and has served as a field representative for the International Indian Treaty Council, working at the U.N. Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sara’s work is focused on disseminating the Xinachtli Rites of Passage Curriculum, grassroots fundraising training, and Indigenous leadership and capacity building for women and girls. As the Manager of Women and Girls programs at the National Compadres Network, Sara’s work focuses on lifting up the strengths, needs and issues of Chicana, Latina and Indigenous women and girls. She has extensive experience working with communities and organizations.
She is the mother of Kelatztli, Miauaxochitl and Ryley Kaa’naaz’baa.