Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Perrine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust for Social Achievement (TSA.) Prior to assuming this role, Sarah served for nearly four years as Director of Programs for the Economically Disadvantaged with the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF). Under her leadership, the ABF established several of its flagship programs and awarded more than 50 grants supporting education and access to income for Bulgaria’s disadvantaged. In collaboration with ABF, Sarah launched the TSA in order to develop a long-term strategy for engagement in this sphere, and to develop the necessary tools to more accurately assess impact and progress.
Sarah first came to Bulgaria in 1999 as a teacher with the United States Peace Corps. In 2002, she returned as a Fulbright Fellow to conduct more specialized research on leadership trends and policies to promote social inclusion in Bulgaria, an experience that helped cement a lasting engagement with Bulgaria’s Roma community. Over the past decade, she has acquired professional experience in the private, public, intergovernmental, and nonprofit sectors, including work with the U.S. Department of States and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Sarah holds a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Master of Arts from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Mount Holyoke College.
Chief Financial Officer
Veneta Ilieva is the Chief Financial Officer for the Trust for Social Achievement. Her oversight responsibilities include directing the foundation’s financial operations, as well as accounting, financial planning, budgeting, financial reporting and cash management. She is also involved with the operations management of the Foundation, working to direct every possible resource toward grant making as well as expanding contacts with stakeholders and advocacy. Her areas of expertise include corporate governance, strategic planning, financial management, analysis and modeling, capital markets and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the foundation, Veneta co-founded and led club50plus.bg, an online magazine and platform dedicated to servicing Bulgarians over 50. For six years, she served as Executive Director of ERG Capital-2 ADSIP, a Bulgarian REIT, which was established by the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund. At the same time, she served as a member of the Treasury team of the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank (BACB) for six years and as the bank’s investor relations officer. In 2008, the Bulgarian investment community named her the Best Investor Relations Officer in the area of quality of communication in financial statements. From 2000-2002, she helped lead the establishment of Rodina Pension Management Company and served as Rodina’s Chief Investment Officer.
Veneta is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has served as a member of the board of the Bulgarian CFA Society since 2007. She holds an MBA degree from University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a Master’s degree in Economics from Sofia University.