Sarah Stierch is a curator by trade turned grantwriter by necessity by way of a being a leader in the revolution of open accessibility in the culture sector and the role of women within it the free knowledge accessibility movement. She currently serves as the Research Director at Bischoff Performance Improvement Consulting, providing fund development, research, facilitation and program management services to non-profits and federal agencies around the world.
Stierch earned her MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University (‘12) and a BA in Native American Studies from Indiana University (‘09). Stierch served as the first Susan B. Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s, Center for New Media in 2014. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Ross Conservancy.
Stierch’s passion lies in community organizing, research, open culture & knowledge outreach. She has layered these interests by exploring how institutions can work with open sharing technology, such as Wikipedia and other open source tools, to broaden public awareness and interest in their collections or educational holdings. She is also classically trained as a curator in her love for deep research, bringing out unique stories to be told about her subjects, and sharing it with the public.
She has worked with organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, Open Knowledge Foundation, Library of Congress, World Digital Library, OCLC, Colonial Williamsburg, American Association of Museums, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and others. Learn more about her work through the Experience page.
Her work has been featured in The Independent (UK), Gawker, Smithsonian, Slate, the CBC, and the Huffington Post. Read more press features here. She has presented her work on the subjects of open culture and gender theory & outreach at conferences such as the Open Knowledge Festival, American Association of Museums, Museum Computer Network, Wikimania, and others.
Stierch is a member of:
- American Alliance of Museums
- National Council on Public History
- California Association of Museums
She lives in Northern California.
Photo credits: Matthew Roth, CC BY SA 3.0 and Charles Butler Photographer, CC BY SA 3.