Sarah Filley is cofounder and CEO of Popuphood, established in 2011 in Oakland, CA. Her interdisciplinary background in public art and civic engagement serves as a foundation to bring design thinking to city scale. She is a local economic development strategist, and public speaker on urban innovation, creative placemaking and retail trends.
She serves as an advisory board member for Newaukee in Milwaukee, WI, on the Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee for the California State Assembly, and recently served as a judge for the prestigious NEA Our Town grant in 2014. She has been quoted in global reports like ArtPlace and PSFK along with the national press like the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, FastCo. The Atlantic, and The Huffington Post and some other places.
She has exhibited Nationally and Popuphood was selected as an exhibitor at the Venice Biennale for Architecture US pavilion in Venice Italy (2012) and in Chicago, IL (2013). As a participant in a prestigious roster of national organizations she has lent her creative approach to local economic development to the following panels and webinars: San Francisco Fashion Week, The City of Melbourne in Australia for 2013 Spring fashion week, the Federal Reserve Community Forum and webinar about Vibrant Economies, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) hosted by the San Francisco Office of Workforce and Economic Development, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), International Economic Development Council (IEDC), BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), and the Center for a New American Dream, and many more.
She had co-designed the California College of Arts (CCA) ENGAGE 2013 Spring Class entitled Creative Disruptions as well as an exhibition of the same name as part of her contracted work with the KoreaTown Community Benefits District and more recently, co-designed the 2015 Fall design/build urban prototyping project with the California College of Arts Architectural Department's Build Lab as part of a creative series of events in partnership with the San Fransisco Shipyard Communities development, a division of Lennar Urban.