Sarah Curfman

Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota (DSAMN)

Sarah Curfman has more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit leader in Minnesota and across the country. She is the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota (DSAMN), a statewide nonprofit and advocacy organization dedicated to empowering, connecting, and celebrating individuals with Down syndrome and their families. She began her role as Executive Director of DSAMN January 1, 2019. Prior to joining the team at DSAMN, she led Bridge Interim LLC, a specialty consulting firm providing interim leadership and capacity building services for nonprofit organizations; and served as the Associate Director of the CLA Foundation. Prior Bridge and the CLA Foundation, she worked with nonprofit and government clients for more than a decade as a Managing Consultant for CLA, a professional services firm.

Along with her professional work in the nonprofit sector, Sarah is engaged in the community as a board member and volunteer. She currently serves on the board of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit; and on the finance and investment committees of Northside Achievement Zone, a 501c3 federal Promise Neighborhood. In addition, she continues to work with the CLA Foundation as an advisor and grantmaking consultant. She is a past president and long-time member of the Junior League of Minneapolis and is a past board member of several Minnesota-based nonprofits.

Sarah lives in Shakopee with her husband (Zach Pontzer) and their three kids (Olivia, Rosie and Felix.) Sarah has been connected with DSAMN and local Down syndrome community since 2017, when her son, Felix, was born with Down syndrome.