Sarah Manski is a teacher, union member, progressive businesswoman, and advocate.
Manski knows the challenges that disadvantaged youth face because seventeen years ago, as a student at Janesville Parker High School, she found herself living on her own, working nights, and a caretaker for her baby brother. Manski credits her teachers, coaches, and the Gifted and Talented program for supporting her in pursuing her high school and college educations. She was a beneficiary of affirmative action, receiving a Fast Track full scholarship to UW-Madison as the first member of her family to attend a university. While at UW-Madison, Manski worked for the Early Autism Project, in after-school tutoring, and at the Infant Learning Lab.
Now in her mid-30s, Sarah Manski has built an unusual career that includes teaching, advocacy, and business. She has taught courses as a college instructor at Madison College, George Washington University, and UW-Madison, notably including the UW’s PEOPLE program. She worked for AFSCME as its International Campaign Coordinator, as well as for the National Labor Committee, and Worker Independent News. In 2009, Manski founded the online green marketplace PosiPair.com, and in 2011 she organized the Wisconsin Positive Business Alliance to unite business owners against Scott Walker’s attacks on the public sector.