With a background in Participatory Leadership, Sara has 10 years of experience in leadership development, civic engagement, facilitation and training. As a first generation Mexican-American woman, Sara deeply believes that all people have value and that leadership happens through reflection, listening and dialogue.
Sara is an experienced bilingual and bicultural capacity building consultant. She was born and raised in Nayarit, Mexico. She attended Oregon State University and received both her B.S. degree from the Honors College department as a McNair Scholar and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Internationally, Sara has worked and studied in Spain, Bulgaria and Mexico. In 2005, Sara had the opportunity to interview nonprofits in Bulgaria to understand their role in the policy process before becoming part of the European Union. In addition, Sara has two years of paralegal experience from Universidad Panamerica in Guadalajara, Mexico. She also has training as a legal interpreter and translator.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling abroad to Mexico and Argentina, reading and playing with her two children. She fulfills her deep commitment to youth development through her long standing volunteer work with the Benton County Juvenile Department and the Oregon State University 4-H.
About her consulting work
Sara has worked throughout rural Oregon as a trainer and facilitator on a variety of topics including leadership development, project management, and organizational development. Sara has delivered the Ford Institute Leadership Program in rural communities as well as Cultivando Comunidad and the Raices program. She has extensive experience developing curriculum on civic engagement for the Latino community. She is a certified MBTI trainer.
Recently Sara has worked on equity and inclusion in different roles: as a curriculum designer, as a trainer engaging communities of color and as a facilitator on community listening sessions. She delivered a workshop in several regions around Oregon on Active Participation: Communicating for Collaboration. She facilitated group sessions at the Hood River Regional Housing Summit (bringing together local, state and regional planning entities with elected officials and private and civic organizations) and the Portland Business Alliance’s Partners in Diversity Workforce Project (bringing community and industry representatives together to address living wage jobs).
Her clients include Rural Development Initiatives, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Portland State University, Portland Parks and Recreation, Woodburn School District, National Policy Consensus Center and Centro Cultural.