Vice President, Economic Development Corporation, Montgomery County, MD
Sarah has worked in community and economic development in Montgomery County and across Pennsylvania for the past 18 years. She has created riverfront parks, supported new farms, kick-started incubators and engaged civic leaders as they reimagined their former industrial towns. Wherever she is, Sarah’s professional goal remains the same — to provide people with access to new economic opportunities. As VP of Strategy, she is tasked with directing the creation of MCEDC’s strategic initiatives.
Formerly, Sarah was Special Assistant to the Secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Capital Projects Manager for the Department of Economic Development in Montgomery County, and spent many years working in Pittsburgh.
A graduate of Ohio University, where she studied community health, she also received a Master’s from Carnegie Mellon University in Public Policy & Management, with a concentration in economic development. She serves on the Rockville Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Food Council and on the incubator committee at Bethesda Green.
In her spare time, Sarah often has her family and friends in tow for outdoor adventures. She and her family frequent Sugarloaf Mountain, the Sligo Creek trail and the C&O Canal. She quenches her thirst locally with Rockhill Orchard’s free-range chocolate milk and any number of locally made beers. In addition to believing the Agricultural Reserve is the County’s most valuable resource, she’s also an ardent public transit fan, taking Metro into DC nearly every weekend to see some art, have brunch, attend a protest or visit her favorite stops like Eastern Market.
Throughout her economic development work, Sarah takes a holistic view of the community with an eye towards understanding how it’s changing and promoting innovation within it. Her plans for change here in Montgomery County are most definitely welcome.