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 more than $4 million annually, providing the financial stability to enable a dramatic increase of the organization’s reach and reputation. LBBC now assists more than 80,000 women annually with nationally recognized education and support services always provided for little or no cost.
Jean remains diligent in creating an informed and understanding place for women of all ages affected by breast cancer whether they are newly diagnosed, in treatment or recovery, years beyond their diagnosis or living with metastatic disease. In addition, Jean helps steer the development of culturally relevant resources including Getting Connected: African-Americans Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a free publication that received the H. Winter Griffith Award for Excellence in Patient Education Materials by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
As CEO, Jean provides oversight for LBBC’s annual gala, The Butterfly Ball, which was established in 1994 and has since raised over $9 million. She also develops programs with retail partners to promote LBBC’s mission to consumers nationwide and established in 2002 LBBC’s signature education and fundraising event, Yoga on the Steps®. As part of a national expansion initiative, 2012 will see Philadelphia, Denver and Washington, D.C., host a version of the event, engaging thousands of people in outdoor, large-scale basic yoga classes projected to raise nearly $450,000. 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 the effort and secured a three-year, $750,000 grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase programs and services for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jean is committed to maintaining the highest trust from LBBC supporters through careful fiscal responsibility. 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 eight years. Only 1 percent of national non-profits achieve this honor.
Jean has a distinguished record of advocating for women and families. 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 and opened the group's national office in Washington, D.C. 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, Pa., Jean currently resides in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband John, her son Max and their newest family member, German Shepherd, Odin.