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About Sarah



Multimedia storyteller Sarah Fretwell looks deeper into the intersection of the environment, people, and business with one question: “What if the new bottom line was love?

Her award-winning work explores the lives of everyday people with extraordinary stories and creates the human connection that engages people on a personal level. Her work offers individuals a voice for justice, insight for solutions, and the human connection needed for international engagement. Some of her notable work and clients include the United Nations, USAID, The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, and Tara Expeditions Foundation.

She loves collaboration, working as a team, creating compelling stories, and living outside of the box. Some of her favorite past times include sipping on farmers market green juice, spiking her espresso with superfoods, surfing in Papua New Guinea, hitchhiking through remote jungles of Indonesia, biking Gibraltar peak in Santa Barbara, visiting with Syrian Refugee families in Southern Turkey, and road tripping through Banff Canada.

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Current Location & Upcoming Travel

California - September 2023

Uganda - October 2023

French Polynesia / Marquesas - December 2023




World Bank Group, United Nations, USAID, USAID Indonesia, Tara Expeditions Foundation, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes, Vitamin Angels, Beads of Esiteti, International Peace Initiatives, Parker Clay (virtual reality).



American Photo Magazine, Photo District News, Digital Photo Pro Magazine, LA Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated/ CNN online, Outside Magazine, Parker Clay, California Polytechnic Institute, Community Environmental Council, The Surfrider Foundation, Citrix Online, State Street Ballet, United Way, The Fund For Santa Barbara.



Sarah's TEDx Talk – Unreasonable Activism In Democratic Republic of Congo


The Road to Ted Interview Podcast




World Bank Group / BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes  - video/photography

Permaculture Magazine - "Permagarden Refugees - Reversing Malnutrition in Refugee Camps"



African Women Rising - video/photography/design  


Vitamin Angels - photography

FitWild Correspondent



Tara Expeditions - Tara Pacific - onboard correspondent


USAID Indonesia / Indonesian Clean Energy Development Program - video/photography/design              

FitWild Correspondent


National Geographic Fulbright Digital Storytelling Fellowship - Semi-Finalist


Amala Foundation 


International Peace Initiatives - Queen Hilda


Beads of Esiteti

Parker Clay - Virtual Reality 

Syrian Refugees in Southern Turkey

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Tara Expeditions - Tara Pacific



The Truth Told Project Soho Gallery Taipei Solo Exhibition



United Nations - photographer


USAID Clean Energy - video/photography/design              




TEDx Skid Row – Unreasonable Activism In Democratic Republic of Congo


Featured by Photo District News - PDN is the largest magazine in photo industry worldwide "Facing a History of Violence"


Bren School of Environmental Science and Management - University of California Santa Barbara featured speaker


Invisible Children Blog features The Truth Told Project  


My Modern Met features The Truth Told Project – Literary War Zone Portraits online feature


Victims of War in the Congo Under The Camera Lens  


Combat Survivor Portraits


TOMS shoes hosts – The Truth Told Project – TOMS headquarters in Los Angeles


Featured by Michigan State University Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures 


Palm Springs Photo Festival (PSPF) – Sarah Fretwell / The Truth Told Project featured afternoon lecturer.  PSPF is a premier event in photo world of magazine editors, art curators, and journalists.


The Truth Told Project partners with STAND (Student – Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities) for a national speaking tour and exhibits in


2013 – 2014

The Truth Told Project is featured on their website as a part of  their student action campaign - STAND


The Road to Ted Interview Podcast


USC - the University of Southern California featured speaker


SXSW Featured presenter


American Photo Feature Story - Portraits Document The Effects of Sexual Violence In The Congo


Contemporary Arts Forum Santa Barbara - The Truth Told Project Installation


UCSB - University of California Santa Barbara featured speaker


Human Rights Watch Exhibition - Los Angeles

Jewish World Watch Exhibition - Los Angeles

Sarah during her embed with the military police during their training at 29 Palms.

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