Sara came to CBHA with extensive experience in social service and advocacy organization environments going back to 2003, including teacher's retirement, homelessness and alcohol and drug recovery systems. Following her passion for nonprofit work led her to earn a Master's in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

She spent nearly 10 years at the California Retired Teachers' Association managing several programs while supporting efforts to protect and improve the CalSTRS pension system. Sara wore many hats there, working in communications, vendor management, member relations, accounting and meeting planning. Prior to CalRTA, she enjoyed working with kids as a reading tutor, special education teacher's assistant and substitute teacher.

In her next role as an Analyst at Focus Strategies, she reported on issues related to homelessness while analyzing nonprofit associations and Sacramento County funded programs, including local shelters and supportive housing.

As a volunteer member of the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board for three years, Sara advocated to improve and enhance the development and implementation of effective alcohol and drug programs. And as Chair of the Board in 2015, she led efforts to provide feedback on several issues to the Board of Supervisors, including needle exchange, sober living environments and funding needs for better access to recovery services.

Coming on board with CBHA in 2016 was the perfect transition into a new role that blended her association expertise, passion for advocacy and recovery program experience.