Sarah Speare

Sarah Speare



Member Since

January 1980

Sarah Speare has leadership experience as a non-profit executive, entrepreneur and designer for social change. She is currently the co-founder and CEO of Tootie’s Tempeh, a worker-owned coop in Biddeford, Maine, producing locally sourced tempeh. Prior to Tootie’s she was the ED of the Institute for Humane Education and also served as a consultant to Art At Work in Portland, Maine, that uses strategic arts projects for social justice in municipal governments, and was an advisor to Project M in Belfast, Maine, that engages designers and creative thinkers to address global issues at the local level. From 1999 to 2009 she was the co-founder and president of Chomp Inc., a consumer foods company that was sold in 2009. Previous to that, she served as the first director of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA), and from 1985 to 1995 was the executive director of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD).

Sarah has also been a community design consultant to non-profits throughout New England and has served on the boards of Spiral Arts, Maine Arts, Architalx and AIGA/Maine. A graduate of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, with a certificate in Arts Management from Radcliffe College, she has been honored with a Fellow Award from the SEGD and won an Innovation Award from the Center for Design and Business in Rhode Island.