Sarah Lovan joined McKnight in 2005 and has been a program officer since 2012 for the Foundation’s Arts program, which supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities in Minnesota. Lovan participates in field-building initiatives, including those in rural and urban Minnesota as well as nationally. She is dedicated to equitable grantmaking practices and is deeply interested in decreasing barriers to funding.

Lovan believes in the power of artists and culture bearers to alter the way we understand and interact with the world. She is an active member of the Racial Equity Funders Collaborative in Minnesota and serves as a local and national advocate for increasing equity and justice in philanthropy. Since 2019 Lovan has served on the Propel Nonprofits fiscal sponsorship and loan committee. Additionally, she has consulted with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. The Center for Effective Philanthropy featured Lovan in its grantee perception report as a highly-rated program officer in the space of effective communication and respect for grantees.

Prior to McKnight, Lovan worked in development at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She received a BA in cultural studies and comparative literature with an emphasis in music from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the Mini MBA program at the University of St. Thomas.