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Sarah Hertz

Researcher & Urban Policy Program Coordinator



Master of Public Policy (MPP)

School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Conducted a comparative study of Calgary and Detroit that identifies symptoms of urban decay in single-industry cities.

Master of Philosophy in Renaissance Literature (MPhil)

University of Cambridge, Clare College
  • Researched seventeenth-century devotional reading practices: specifically, biblical harmonies made at Little Gidding during the 1630s.

Bachelor of Arts English Honours (BA Hons)

University of Calgary
  • Minor in Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Studies. 
  • Published my Honours thesis  as a blog, exploring the  difference between print and digital reading experiences {}.

Scholarships & Awards


Jenkins Family Foundation Scholarship in Public Policy

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $10,000.00.

Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion in English

University of Calgary
  • Silver Medallions are awarded by each Department/Program to the student graduating with the highest academic distinction.

P.U.R.E. (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) Award

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $6,000.00.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Award

  • Valued at $17,500.00 and valid at any Canadian university. Declined to study at Cambridge.

A. T. J. Cairns Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $2,025.00.

Laura Mae Stillings Scholarship in Poetry

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $1,200.00.

Louise McKinney Scholarship

Alberta Scholarship Programs
  • Valued at $2,500.00.

University of Calgary Undergraduate Merit Award

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $800.00.

Anthony G. Petti Memorial Scholarship in Renaissance Literature

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $1,000.00.

University of Calgary Admission Scholarship

University of Calgary
  • Valued at $1,750.00.

Research Experience


Researcher & Urban Policy Program Coordinator

University of Calgary
  • Coordinating all research projects for The School of Public Policy's Urban Policy research platform.
  • Refining the direction of the Urban Policy Program (UPP), in consultation with the Director of The School of Public Policy.
  • Drafting the entire Program budget, as well as individual project budgets, in consultation with the Senior Financial Analyst.
  • Identifying and approaching prospective partners from the public and private sectors, including municipal governments, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), nonprofits, corporations, and academia.
  • Identifying and approaching prospective donors.
  • Advising and researching for the local citizen engagement group, Calgary On Purpose.
  • Conducting an external review of user experiences and accessibility issues related to the British Columbia Social Assistance System (BCSAS).

P. U. R. E. Award Recipient

University of Calgary
  • Researched how to automate the detection of rhetorical figures in Shakespeare’s works.
  • Collaborated with international researchers to build the program.
  • Launched the project website and publicized results.
2011-04 2013-08

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Calgary
  • Gathered information for articles and book chapters and reviewed drafts.
  • Digitized over fifteen years of research material.
  • Helped design and deliver a first-year Shakespeare course.
  • Drafted the ethics application for the aforementioned course.

Professional Experience


Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, and Boat Patrol Operator

City of Calgary


  • Educated groups of 5-16 students using lesson plans and step-by-step progressions.
  • Evaluated students continuously and provided  honest, sensitive, and timely feedback.


  • Assisted patrons  by listening to their requests, educating them on their options, and registering them in programs that met with their needs.
  • Communicated safety regulations and policy to groups of up to six hundred people, in conjunction with City of Calgary Bylaw Services. 
  • Aquatic Rescues: provided immediate in-water assistance to distressed swimmers and boaters, removing them from hazardous situations.
  • Maintained City of Calgary facilities.
  • Resolved conflicts between patrons and staff members.

Marketing Administrator

University of Calgary Press
  • Created and revised textual content for all promotional materials.
  • Coordinated all marketing activities with authors, editorial, design, and finance teams.
  • Networked with current and potential authors, distributors, retailers, and affiliates.
  • Managed all social media and public relations for the Press.
  • Designed and implemented a $50K marketing program.
  • Managed book launches and sales.
  • Managed events and sales for Congress Expo 2016.
  • Supervised editorial and marketing interns, delegating tasks and providing feedback.
  • Completed professional development courses in publishing through Ryerson University.


Calgary Patriots Swim Club
  • Coached the youngest squad of Patriots, the pre-competitive P-too group, ages 6-9.
  • Assisted in the planning and running of swim meets.

Volunteer Experience


Regional Alumni Ambassador

Clare College, Cambridge
  • A Regional Clare Alumni Ambassador (RCAA) is an alumnus/a living outside of Cambridge who serves to strengthen the network of Clare alumni in their area. RCAAs are an important point of contact for alumni and play an important role in the growth of the College's global community.

Executive Editor

YYC Policy
  • Founded YYC Policy.

  • Recruiting writers for the blog.

  • Designing the website.

  • Editing blogposts.

  • Scheduling publications.

  • Verifying SEO and publicizing posts on social media.


Engagement Editor

History To The Public
  • Edited blog posts by international scholars.
  • Publicized posts on social media; verified SEO.


Market Collective
  • Provided customer service for Market Collective, a local artisans’ market featuring visual artists, craftsmen, and musicians.

Personal Experience


Exchange Student

The Multi-Faces of Israel

・Travelled to Israel as part of a course on comparative public policy.
・Attended lectures by distinguished academics and policy practitioners on security issues; environmental policy; technological innovation; settlements; and Israeli law and human rights. 
・Visited Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. 


Environmental Advocate

Cape Farewell Youth Expedition, British Council Canada
  • Represented the province of Alberta on an international climate change expedition sponsored by the British Council.
  • Travelled to Iceland, Greenland, and Nunavut to complete workshops with science and art mentors.
  • Acted as a spokesperson for Alberta on local radio and national television stations. 



Native proficiency.


Bilingual proficiency.


Elementary proficiency.


Elementary proficiency.