Aliya Sahai, 2024 Zero Tolerance Honoree

Every year, at our Zero Tolerance Benefit, Sanctuary for Families honors those who have significantly contributed to the movement to end gender-based violence. This year, we are thrilled to present the 2024 Zero Tolerance Award to Aliya Sahai, Principal at Bernstein Private Wealth Management.


Aliya Sahai, a Principal at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, provides investment and wealth planning advice to families and their trusts, estates, foundations, endowments, and pension plans. Aliya joined the firm in 2005 and was appointed a Principal in 2009. She currently chairs the firmwide Women’s Leadership Council. Prior to joining Bernstein, she worked at Sapient Consulting Group and Yodlee, a financial services software company. Aliya earned a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a very active member of the University of Pennsylvania community and was appointed to the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, where she currently serves as Vice Chair.

Aliya first learned about Sanctuary for Families at the Paul Labrecque Salon, where she picked up a coffee table book featuring our clients at a salon evening. She immediately connected and joined the Family Council in 2011. From there, Aliya focused her work on helping survivors with job training, career readiness, and financial education and became an active member of Sanctuary’s Career Advancement Network before joining the Board of Directors in 2015.

Aliya has been a leader on our Nominating Committee (co-chair for four years), the Development Committee, and the Executive Committee, and was a founding member of our Investment Committee. Aliya is the ultimate ambassador and has connected Sanctuary with countless organizations, including Bernstein. First and foremost, Aliya cares deeply about our clients and does whatever she can to bring them resources and opportunities.

Over the course of Aliya’s 13 years with Sanctuary, the Economic Empowerment Program has been her passion and remains her “first love.” She continues to be a fierce advocate for women and girls of all ages and is a champion of Sanctuary’s message of empowerment.