Prior to joining Pure Food Kids, Sara was President and CEO of the Alliance for Education from 2010 to 2016. The Alliance is Seattle’s local education fund and one of the city’s largest education non-profits. In this role, Sara reported to a 30-member Board of Directors and managed a 15-member staff and $5 million annual budget. Bringing together the charitable resources of Seattle’s business and philanthropic community to support more than 53,000 students in Seattle’s public schools, Sara stewarded the organization as an independent voice and external catalyst for change in urban public education. Of note was Sara’s role as co-founder of the nationally recognized Seattle Teacher Residency, a unique partnership between labor, academia, schools and community supporting the selective recruitment and preparation of exceptional teachers dedicated to serving Seattle’s highest poverty students.
Sara began her career as a communications aide in the White House during the Clinton Administration and subsequently held leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including Group Marketing Manager at Amazon.com; Director of Marketing at OVP Venture Partners; Executive Director of TechNet Northwest; and Executive Staff Director to the Superintendent’s Committee for Excellence at Seattle Public Schools.
Sara received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1993 and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1999. She was named one of Seattle’s "40 Under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2003.
From 2007 to 2010 Sara served on the Board of Directors of the Technology Access Foundation and was elected Board President. In 2017 she became a founding board member of Impact Public Schools, a charter management organization serving high-poverty students in Washington State.
Sara lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys hiking, running, cross country skiing, travel, photography and eating real food – and doing all those things with her family.