Sara has been working in advocacy, non-profit consulting, and international development for nearly two decades. She has degree in International Affairs from Gordon College and then a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University where she focused her studies on legislative drafting for democratic social change and civil society advocacy.
She completed her DTS in 1995 at Makapala, Hawaii and then spent six months at the YWAM-Porto Velho base working with the indigenous ministries. It was there that she realized a need for more understanding of the systemic injustices perpetrated by governments on the people they were supposed to be protecting.
Sara spent six months in Iraq in 2005, working with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs as a program manager to support the drafting of the Iraqi constitution. She has worked on trainings in Vietnam and Indonesia teaching legislative drafting skills to government officials, participated in online courses teaching legislative drafting, and has taught workshops in Brazil and Hawaii (working with YWAM) teaching legislative advocacy to civil society groups. More recently she ran her own non-profit consulting business assisting US nonprofits in fundraising, strategic planning, and program development. She also collaborated on the Muwaji’s Law Project which sought to outlaw the practice of indigenous infanticide in Brazil.
She and her husband, Steve, and their children moved to Hawaii from Minnesota in the fall of 2015. They work with YWAM, run Do Justice ministries, and own a coffee farm up the mountain. Sara is obsessed with her babies, coffee, gardening, enjoys painting as a hobby, and writes novels as another secretive career.