Sarah Ferber

Associate Director

Ex-incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO)

Sarah Ferber, an Eau Claire resident, has experienced poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and everything in between.  After hitting rock bottom, community resource connections helped her to re-establish her life.  Ferber is now a diehard advocate for change, challenging the Eau Claire community to rethink the way it views substance use disorder and incarceration.

She has bravely and openly shared her personal testimony to statewide and local media outlets in an effort to reduce the stigma faced by people in similar situations. 

A current student at UW-Eau Claire, Ferber is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree in social work in December. She is currently the Associate Director of Ex-incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO), a statewide organization led by people who are directly impacted by Wisconsin’s justice system.  EXPO believes those closest to the problem of mass incarceration are those who hold the answers to reducing Wisconsin’s jail and prison population. Ferber’s expertise comes through experience and she looks forward to sharing her experience to better our community.


We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.