The serious stuff:
Sara obtained her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and is a member of the Oregon State Bar. While at Lewis & Clark, she was a recipient of the Richard J. Peppin Scholarship for Animal Rights, a Community Service Honors Award, and was recognized as a First Year Moot Court Outstanding Oral Advocate. She was an Associate Editor for Animal Law Review, President of the Women in Criminal Law student group, and she assisted a professor in the creation of an animal law litigation textbook. She also worked at a public defender’s office and represented her own clients in court.
Sara also holds degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. During her time at the U of A, Sara worked on several campus-wide sustainability initiatives which continue to be implemented today. She also served as an editor, and later co-editor-in-chief, of the Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating, she managed several labs at the university and conducted research in cognition and memory, with special emphases on healthy aging, traumatic and acquired brain injury, anxiety, and mindfulness. Sara also recently served as Board Member and later, Vice Chair, of a global climate action nonprofit whose purpose is to train and empower young people to be effective climate justice leaders at the local and international levels.
Sara currently works at a financial empowerment nonprofit in Arizona focused on giving members of the community who are shut out of or left behind in our economy access to the knowledge and financing they need to pursue new opportunities. In 2022, Sara was honored as a “40 Under 40″ by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The fun stuff:
In her free time, Sara enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, vegan cooking and baking, and going on hikes with her camera in hand. She also will never turn down a good cup of coffee or tea.