Government Relations Principal
Sally J. Ehrenfried leads public policy efforts at Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), headquartered in Charleston, SC., and is responsible for the company’s global government relations portfolios, with a specific focus on the US, Canada, and the UK, and advocates for policies that benefit the social good sector. Previously, she led philanthropy and volunteer engagement for the company and was responsible for the company’s global community relations, corporate giving, and volunteerism portfolios. In this role, Sally served as a catalyst for Blackbaud and its employees to engage across the social good community in ways that are meaningful to them. She worked to place the company's senior leaders on nonprofit board and committees and set the strategy and tactics for the company’s employee facing volunteer and philanthropy efforts.
Sally spent 13 years in the United States Senate as an aide to Senators George J. Mitchell (D-Maine), William S. Cohen (R-Maine), and Ronald L. Wyden (D-Oregon), serving in a variety of committee, personal office, and leadership staff roles.
Sally is co-chair of Giving Institute’s Public Policy Committee and co-chair of the Southeastern Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee, and a member of the Leadership Faculty for the Corporate Institute, a Points of Light enterprise. She presents regularly on advocacy and the social good sector, effective grantmaking, and employee engagement and volunteerism.
Sally is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and received a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She is a past president of the Bates College Alumni Association, serves as a tutor with Reading Partners, volunteers with English Springer Rescue America, and chairs Grace Church Cathedral’s annual stewardship efforts.