Sara initially joined College Possible as the executive director of the Minnesota site in 2010. During her tenure, College Possible Minnesota doubled the number of students supported and the amount of revenue raised. The site also launched and expanded programming throughout the state of Minnesota and was recognized with several awards, including the Nonprofit Excellence Award for large nonprofits from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits in 2013 and Inaugural Eureka Award for Innovation from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2014. In 2019, Sara was promoted to chief advancement officer for College Possible National and oversees the organization’s fundraising, communications and external relations at the national level.
Prior to joining College Possible, Sara was a senior leader at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. She was responsible for JA’s K-12 programs – impacting 120,000 students annually with lessons on financial literacy, career and college readiness and entrepreneurship. During her years at JA, Sara managed both development and program responsibilities and was instrumental in introducing new programs, overseeing educational evaluations, developing relationships with donors, schools and community partners and sharing best practices with sites across the U.S. In 2010, Sara was recognized by Junior Achievement of the USA with the “JA Rising Star Award,” honoring her leadership and achievements.
Before her work with Junior Achievement, Sara served as vice president of the Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this role, she managed the strategic, financial and day-to-day operations of the non-profit organization. During her tenure, the non-profit was recognized with 15 state and regional awards for producing exceptional results and demonstrating innovation.
Sara was recognized as a Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal 2013 40 Under Forty honoree for demonstrating exceptional business savvy, leadership and community involvement. Sara holds an MBA from Minnesota State University in Mankato, and a bachelor’s degree in management from Gustavus Adolphus College. Sara sits on the ISD #196 Foundation Board of Directors and is an active community volunteer.