Sarah Niespodziany currently serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership, a collaboration of economic development partners in the South Bend – Elkhart region, which encompasses 47 communities in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. The organization serves as a single point of contact for regional communication and seeks to advance economic opportunities for all partner members through collaborative promotion, marketing, and capacity building efforts.
As Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sarah handles planning, overseeing, and executing marketing and communications efforts for the Regional Partnership and acts as the primary media contact for the organization. Sarah oversees the communications, marketing and brand strategy, events, stakeholder relations and execution of other initiatives. She also rationalizes existing capabilities and tools while assessing opportunities to expand and fill prioritized gaps.
Sarah began her career with the Regional Partnership in 2016 as Administrative Assistant, the second employee of the growing organization. Most recently, she served as Manager of Marketing and Communications, executing internal and external communications, and providing operational support for the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Development Authority before being named Vice President in 2018.