About Us

We are a social impact
communications firm.

Sage helps nonprofits, foundations, public agencies, and socially responsible businesses amplify what they do to create positive change and meaningful impact.

For more than 16 years, we’ve helped organizations develop brands, messages, campaigns, and communications strategies that make life better for the people in the cities, communities, and neighborhoods where they live and work.

We know the issues, policies, and missions that are connected to organizations and companies we serve, so we can develop targeted communications strategies that help to amplify their message.

How? Through creative messaging and storytelling communicated through video, websites, social media, community outreach, and the media so key audiences say – “Oh, that’s why.” And then they act.   


Sage is a certified woman-owned business.

Our team has a diverse skills set for all clients’ needs. Our founders still lead the pack:

Barbara Beck Principal

Barbara offers smart, honest, and direct advice that organization and institutional leaders have come to rely on since Sage opened for business in 2003. Prior to co-founding Sage, she worked as a public affairs officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also worked at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of news and public affairs. Beck has more than two decades of experience in the news business, most of it at the Philadelphia Daily News. She is on the board of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project.

Sharon Gallagher Principal

Sharon brings a unique combination of ad/public relations agency, foundation, and nonprofit experience to Sage, and puts them together to offer integrated communications skills to clients. Prior to co-founding the firm, she was a public affairs officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Gallagher worked at Tierney Communications, Greenwald/Christian Advertising in Philadelphia, and ad agency Potter-Hazlehurst in Providence, RI. She started her career in nonprofit development and communications for the MS Society. She is on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and chairs the Governance Committee. She serves on the Nominating & Board Leadership Committee of the Fleisher Art Memorial and is on the Marketing Advisory Committee of the Kimmel Center and Project HOME. She earned certification at Penn’s School for Social Policy & Practice’s Center for Social Impact Strategy.