Sara has dedicated her career to the civic sector, and has established an expansive record of working with leaders of public agencies, national foundations, and community organizations to achieve impact and implement change. She is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile and criminal justice program design, management strategy, and innovation in city government.
At Bennett Midland, Sara collaborates with leaders of public agencies and community organizations to design and implement complex interdisciplinary initiatives. She was one of the principal architects of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $100 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in local jail reform. She partnered with the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to design and deliver Invest Health, a national grant program helping 50 mid-sized cities plan community development projects with the aim of improving health outcomes in distressed neighborhoods. She currently leads Bennett Midland’s team in support of New York City’s Raise the Age Implementation Task Force, established by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice following the passage of legislation in April 2017 that raises the age of criminal accountability in New York State from 16 to 18.
Prior to joining the firm, Sara served as the founding Director of the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she developed and managed a varied portfolio of initiatives. Before joining Vera, Sara was an associate at Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer P.C., a New York law firm, where she represented clients in federal criminal matters. Previously, she was a litigator in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. She holds a JD from the New York University School of Law and a BA in Economics and Government from Wesleyan University.