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Sarah is the former National Program Director for the Sierra Club. In that capacity, she advocated for the end of coal-fired electricity, supported market growth for clean energy alternatives, pushed for economic sanctions against greenhouse gas-intense energy, encouraged the nation's transition to a green transportation system, and installed safeguards to protect habitats and communities against inevitable climate change.

She began her grassroots organizing career in 1993 with Green Corps, serving as Recruitment Director for the group from 1996 – 2000. With Green Corps, Sarah recruited and trained young environmental activists who have since become Executive Directors of organizations such as Greenpeace, and Rock the Vote. She went on to become the Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance, a North Carolina based forest protection organization. While at Dogwood Alliance, Sarah oversaw a national campaign that persuaded Staples and Office Depot to increase their sales of recycled paper, resulting in the first expansion in production at recycled paper mills in over ten years.