Sarah is an advocate of environmental stewardship and has dedicated her career to proving there doesn’t have to be a trade-off between economic, social, and environmental welfare. She currently works as a senior management consultant for state and local government agencies, where she helps public governments and nonprofits solve pressing challenges related to managing risk, operating efficiency, and strategic planning. Previously, Sarah co-led energy and climate initiatives for the County of San Luis Obispo where she helped bring resources and funding to start new clean energy and sustainability to serve the residents, public agencies, and business owners of the County. She has spent her career in both the private and public sector, in rural and urban areas across the United States, and firmly believes a healthy and viable future depends on a nationwide green economy revolution.
Sarah is also passionate about ensuring universal access to a quality education. She is a Director on the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation Board, which serves the educational needs of northern Santa Barbara county resident’s underserved communities. She is also actively serving on the advisory committee to launch a new K-12 school in the San Luis Obispo area which emphasizes global citizenship, self-awareness, and hands-on learning. A first generation Arab-American, she is passionate about seeing and supporting more minorities represented in politics and especially in bridging the east-west cultural divide that continues to shape public views on immigration and foreign policy. Sarah has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. She lives and works between Los Angeles and the central coast California where she lives with her husband and her cat. In her free time, she enjoys anything that involves the outdoors, working with and volunteering with passionate doers, and writing short stories.