Sage Drennon (they/he/she)

IDEAS Strategist

Using authenticity as a driving force for experiencing life, Sage (they/he/she) has spent most of their life feeling curious about the world around them. Their curiosity has long been a part of their core approach to navigating IDEAS spaces. Born and raised in Japan until he was 11 then moving to America - Sage has spent a majority of her life actively questioning the systems, structures and institutions around them.

Their passion for knowledge and learning lead them to study Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies at the University of North Florida. After recognizing the deep inequities that perpetuate within education systems, Sage started on their path into the nonprofit industry - working to better align student centered needs with institutions. Sage has held multiple roles in which genesis of the role or programming for the organization was required. Sage started her journey with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition providing case management services to Fathers. Then moving onto Seneca Family of Agencies being tasked with ever evolving and changing responsibilities focused on developing
people, managing projects and direct services to students.

In 2017, Sage began their Master’s course work at Seattle University where they also became the Executive Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. While in this role, Sage provided executive level support to the VP of Diversity & Inclusion along with department-wide oversight of programming, budget management, relationship management and strategy development and implementation. In addition to their course work and full time job, Sage was the Co-Chair of the Arts & Sciences Graduate Council, a Red Talk Student Speaker and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the College of Arts & Sciences. After graduating in 2019 with their Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership with a focus in Diversity and Inclusion, they went on to work for College Forward as the DEI Manager. Sage's work was focused around organization-wide diversity initiatives along with creating, implementing and evaluating DEI strategy for the organization. They focused on integrating DEI components into all aspects of the organization, ensuring that a DEI lens was used when making decisions, building curriculum and embedded into the ethos of College Forward. Sage also holds a DEI
Leaders Certification from Northwestern University.

Outside of work, Sage can be found playing with his yorkie-poodle Piper, reading, writing poetry,
playing guitar or cooking Japanese food.