Prior to joining Transwestern, Sara founded Edgewood Strategies, which provides corporate and government consulting services including site selection, business incentives negotiation and economic development strategy. She is also the founder of Localhippo, which curates custom gifts from local makers and experiences as a form of hyper-local placemaking. Sara regularly writes for industry publications.
Sara has experience working with and for a variety of federal, state, regional, and local government agencies around the world. As a Senior Consultant with Cushman and Wakefield, she focused on site selection and business incentives related to major commercial and industrial real estate transactions across the country. She has researched small business and banking issues for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
As the Director of the Office of Recovery at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), Sara founded a new department within the agency, managed daily operations, and developed the federally-funded $100 million Stronger NJ Business Grant program. Before joining NJEDA, she led the federal inter-agency, public-private economic recovery team following Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. Sara also served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), where she developed and managed projects throughout the southeast and southwest.
Sara has consulted with organizations around the world, living and working in Tanzania, Brazil and India. Prior to attending Yale University for business school, Sara worked as a project manager for Turner Construction in New York City.