Sarah Filley is Cofounder and Executive Director of Popuphood and Chief Marketing Officer for OppSites. She is a local economic development strategist, and public speaker on urban innovation, creative placemaking and retail trends. Her interdisciplinary background in public art and civic engagement serves as a foundation to bring design thinking to city scale. Understanding how cities can integrate creative and technology based solutions to increase civic participation for inclusive and sustainable growth is her passion. Her unique approach has been profiled in SPUR's Urbanist magazine and in Live.Work.Oakland. She was honored to judge the 2014 NEA Our town Grant and sponsored the #AB2719 a State Policy Bill for Mobile retail and temporary vending like Pop-up retail working with State Assemblyman Rob Bonta. Read more...
Popuphood Cofounder & Executive Director
Popuphood incubates small businesses to revitalizes neighborhoods, block by block. Working with strategic partners the company has garnered recognition for the independent retailers in international press like Fast Company, the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic. Their success is now being replicated Nationally and Internationally.
Winner of Vator 2014. Launching September 3rd at the California League of Cities.
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Future. Soul.Think. Tank, SF YBCA
The future of retail, MSFW, Melbourne, AU
University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley (Berkeley, 2010) with Wonderarium.
GAFFTA, goodbuildings.info (2011)
Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, 2008)
CCA ENGAGE (Creative Disruptions, Spring 2013)
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (ybca)
Santa Clara Museum
Seattle Art Museum
California Academy of Science
University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley
Chabot Science Center
the Oakland Museum of California
The Richmond Art Center
The Asian Art Museum
PAHMA at UC Berkeley
Mills College, and Zeum