Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, Chief Executive Officer
Jean Sachs became Living Beyond Breast Cancer's first executive director in 1996 and was named chief executive officer in 2008. Through her cultivation of individual donors, corporate partners and grant awarding foundations, she has grown LBBC’s budget from $100,000 to nearly $5 million annually, providing the financial stability to enable a dramatic increase of the organization’s reach and visibility. LBBC now assists more than 330,000 individuals every year with free, nationally recognized programs and services.
Under Jean’s leadership, LBBC has become known as an informed and understanding place for women affected by breast cancer, whether they are newly diagnosed, in treatment or recovery, years beyond their diagnosis or managing metastatic disease. In addition, Jean helps steer the evolution and development of new and existing programs.
As CEO, Jean has diversified LBBC’s revenue sources that include: an annual gala, The Butterfly Ball, which was established in 1998 and has since raised over $10 million, corporate retail partners that raise both funds and awareness to consumers nationwide, and in 2002 co-founded LBBC’s signature education and fundraising event, Yoga on the Steps®. As part of a national expansion initiative, Philadelphia, Denver, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., have all hosted versions of the event, engaging thousands of people in outdoor, large-scale basic yoga classes that are also successful grassroots fundraisers. In 2008, Jean procured a transformational three-year, $2.25 million grant from National Philanthropic Trust that enabled her to expand staff capacity and extend the depth and breadth of LBBC programming. In 2011, she led an organizational effort that secured a three-year, $750,000 grant awarded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop LBBC’s Young Women’s Initiative, designed to provide programs and services to meet the specific and often complex needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 45.
Jean is committed to maintaining the highest trust in LBBC, balancing calculated risk with careful fiscal management. Charity Navigator, an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities, has recognized this commitment by awarding LBBC its highest rating of four stars for the past nine years. Only 1 percent of national non-profits achieve this honor.
Jean has a distinguished record of advocating for women, families and the disenfranchised. In 2009, she was invited to serve on The Wellness Community’s National Advisory Council for the Cancer Survivor Registry’s Breast Cancer M.A.P. (Mind Affects the Physical) Project. In 2008, she was named to the committee that approves grant applications for Pennsylvania's income-tax check-off. The year before, Jean was appointed to the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Therapy and Evaluation Program, where she reviewed Phase 3 clinical-trial concepts. From 1993 to 1995, Jean was development director of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Jean also worked on the campaign of Pennsylvania State Senator (now U.S. Congresswoman) Allyson Y. Schwartz and drafted breast cancer and women's health legislation as a legislative aide. She also worked at WOMEN'S WAY, the oldest fundraising federation for women in the country.
Jean has master's degrees in social services and in law and social policy from Bryn Mawr College. She attended Hampshire College for undergraduate studies. Born and raised in Bala Cynwyd, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jean remains a Philadelphian residing in the Mount Airy neighborhood of the city with her husband John, son Max and German Shepherd, Odin.