Principals

Sage is a woman-owned business founded by Barbara Beck and Sharon Gallagher. They created the company in 2003 after working together for seven years at The Pew Charitable Trusts as public affairs officers. It was their work at Pew that showed them there was a need for better communications about important issues and the organizations and agencies that implement programs and services. Today, both partners are still driven by their passion to help solve problems with solid information and influential tactics.

Beck offers smart, honest and direct advice that organization and institutional leaders have come to rely on in the 14 years that Sage has been in business. Prior to co-founding Sage, she worked as a public affairs officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also worked at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of news and public affairs. Beck has two decades of experience in the news business, most of it at the Philadelphia Daily News. She is on the board of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project.

Gallagher brings a unique combination of ad/PR agency skills, foundation experience and nonprofit work to Sage, and puts them together to offer solid communications counsel to nonprofits and foundations. Prior to co-founding Sage, she was also a public affairs officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts for seven years. Gallagher’s Philadelphia-agency background includes Tierney Communications and Greenwald/Christian Advertising. She also has worked for Potter-Hazlehurst, an agency based in Providence, R. I., and started her career in nonprofit fundraising and special events.  She currently is a vice president of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia board of directors and chairs the Governance Committee.  She serves on the Nominating & Board Leadership Committee of the Fleisher Art Memorial and is on the Marketing Advisory Committee of the Kimmel Center. Gallagher is also on the advisory committee for Project HOME and is a community member of the Thomas Jefferson University Physicians Board. She also recently earned certification through the Executive Program at the Penn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy at the School for Social Policy & Practice.