Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP
As CEO of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, guides the daily and long-term success of one of America’s most trusted breast cancer charities. Jean began her work with LBBC in 1996 when she became the organization’s first executive director; she was named CEO in 2008.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer assists more than 550,000 people affected by breast cancer every year by providing free, nationally-recognized programs and services, including conferences, webinars, publications, peer support and more. The organization has been awarded a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for 13 years, and in 2018 earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Both honors recognize nonprofit institutions that exemplify superior fiscal management and transparency.
Over the past decade, Jean has grown LBBC’s annual budget from $100,000 to nearly $5 million, seen the company through its 25th anniversary, diversified the organization’s revenue sources, expanded staff capacity and strengthened LBBC programming. Her skillful commitment to LBBC’s vision of a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone has cultivated a prominent national presence from what was once a small, local organization.
Under Jean’s leadership LBBC’s excellence has been recognized through its receiving a 3-year, $2.25 million grant from the National Philanthropic Trust; twice receiving a multi-year grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and 7 consecutive years named Best Breast Cancer Blog by Healthline. Jean was named Breast Cancer National Leader of the Year by Breast Cancer Wellness magazine in 2014.
Jean brings a lifetime of women’s advocacy experience to her role as CEO as a past legislative aide for women’s health legislation, a staff member at WOMEN’S WAY, and director of development at the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She lives LBBC’s mission everyday by speaking with newly diagnosed women about their needs and gaps in support.
Jean lives in Philadelphia where she is a proud member of the board of directors for Friends of the Wissahickon and a volunteer for Friends of the Cresheim Trail.