Sara is the Executive Director of Results for America’s Evidence in Education Lab. Sara previously served as a Senior Advisor on Leadership and Systems Improvement at Education Northwest, and before that, was a Senior Engagement Manager with the nonprofit U.S. Education Delivery Institute, where she oversaw a portfolio of engagements with states, districts, and education organizations focused on effectively implementing priority reforms, including those focused on educator effectiveness systems and new standards and assessments. Before joining EDI, Sara served as the Chief Performance Officer with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), where she oversaw the implementation of Delaware’s $119 million Race to the Top grant. Sara managed the Department’s internal performance management system, tracking and reporting progress towards statewide student outcome goals; she also led the district support and accountability program, through which the Department conducted ongoing and differentiated district routines focused on results for students.
Previously, Sara worked as a Policy Analyst at the Council of the District of Columbia, providing education policy expertise to Council members and serving as the liaison between the Council and executive agencies, such as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and District of Columbia Public Schools. Prior to that, she worked with the District of Columbia Public Schools to implement its special education reform agenda and evaluated a number of state and federally funded education programs as a research associate with the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She got her start in education as a special education teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sara holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s from Franklin and Marshall College.