Judicial Fellow Alum: Where are they now?


Sarah Vance-Guenther, JAF class of 2007-08

Sarah Vance Guenther, owner and principal consultant of SVGlobal Consulting, served as a Judicial Administration Fellow from 2007-2008 based at the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.  Following her fellowship, she worked as a Management Analyst at the Alameda court focused on communications, public affairs, and collaborative justice programming.  With a current focus on court communications and public affairs consulting, she served as a Judicial Public Information Expert for the USAID Promoting Rule of Law Project in Myanmar in 2015 and will return in 2017.  In addition to public information consulting, Sarah frequently serves as a grant/proposal writer developing submission on behalf of public agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations focused on rule of law, collaborative justice, and civil society issues.


Prior to her work with the courts, Sarah worked as a development associate with Tetra Tech DPK focused on rule of law issues in the developing world, a court management consultant for the judicial branch in Macedonia, and as a teacher and trainer in Japan. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, a graduate certificate in Project Planning and Management from the University of California at Davis, and attended law school at the University of San Francisco.

The Fellowship presented the opportunity to learn and work with great people at a pivotal point in my career.  It changed my career trajectory and continues to open doors and introduce thoughtful and talented people throughout California.  It offered exposure to different approaches to similar challenges across the state, and an opportunity to really consider about what works, where it works, and why it works.

The fellowship remains an important counterpoint to the international consulting and federal grant writing that I do.  California’s diversity on multiple levels provides an important touchstone to how I approach and address best practices in judicial administration and civil society programming.  My tenure as a fellow highlighted access to justice and communication issues that impact individual courthouses as well as the judicial branch as a whole; these issues remain a central theme in my work today.

I am incredibly grateful for the fellowship opportunity and hope to pay forward the generosity and genuine enthusiasm for public service that I’ve received as a Fellow and after.