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 nonprofit and foundation leaders have come to rely on. Prior to Sage and Pew, Beck worked at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of news and public affairs. She also has two decades of experience in the news business, most of it at theĀ Philadelphia Daily News. She is on the board of the Print Center and the advisory board of Flying Kite, an online news site.

Gallagher brings a unique combination of agency skills, foundation experience, and nonprofit work to Sage and puts them together to offer solid communications counsel to nonprofits and foundations. Prior to Sage and Pew, Gallagher worked at several ad/PR firms in Philadelphia, including Tierney Communications and GreenwaldChristian Advertising and in Providence, RI, Potter-Hazlehurst. She currently is a board member of the Fleisher Art Memorial, and chairs the board development and nominating committee. She also serves on the communications advisory committee of Project H.O.M.E. and DesignPhiladelphia.