Portrait of Sarah Burkhart

Sarah Burkhart

Executive Director of the Alumni Association, Marquette University

Sarah oversees the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors and assists in alumni communication efforts on behalf of the university. Most recently, Sarah led the launch of Beyond MU virtual life-long learning programing to engage alumni, parents, and friends. In her role, she manages a team of alumni engagement professionals who educate alumni on ways to become advocates and ambassadors, inspire a culture of philanthropy, mobilize alumni for networking, recruitment, and volunteerism. They also organize in-person and virtual events that result in meaningful connections and philanthropic support, as well as coordinate college, regional, and affinity group programs that help expand Marquette’s engagement footprint. For Sarah, the most inspiring part about her work are the opportunities that emerge from the engagement team’s work in relationship building, cultivation, and stewardship with alumni, parents, and friends, which sustain connections to Marquette and ultimately result in philanthropic support. Sarah previously served on the Donor Relations team at Marquette and transitioned to the corporate world for a few years before returning to Marquette in 2016. She earned both her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Marquette University.