For the last decade, Sara has been a leader in the Palo Alto school community, speaking out for the interests of the historically underrepresented (HUR) student population. Between 2009-2013, she served on the Palo Alto PTA Council as Vice President of Outreach and as School Board Observer, gaining great insight into how school policies translate into practices and programs. At the school level, Sara has served on Site Council at Duveneck and on a WASC committee at Palo Alto High School. In 2015, she served as a co-Chair of the Measure A parcel tax campaign committee, which has resulted in an additional $13M/year in education funding for PAUSD. Sara is perhaps best known as the co-Chair of Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), a prominent local group whose mission is to advocate for changes to district policies that improve outcomes for HUR students. PASS also organizes parent events to spread awareness about practices and resources to enable families to navigate PAUSD to maximum effect.
Born in Jamaica, Sara immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia. She has worked at Lucent Technologies and AT&T, determining functional requirements for network management systems. Sara is passionate about increasing HUR participation in STEM fields. She provides technical support and has taught chemistry for the Greene Scholars Program, which provides STEM enrichment and college preparation for hundreds of 3rd-12th graders of African ancestry in the Bay Area. At Jordan M.S., Sara has co-chaired the Science, Engineering and Technical Fair and mentored individual students at DreamCatchers on their projects.
Sara has also volunteered for Peninsula College Fund, helping to assess scholarship applications, interviewing applicants and making recommendations for scholarship recipients.