Sarah has more than a decade of experience in community development work with a strong background in research and writing, project management, evaluation and strategic communications. As senior associate, she supports the rural health equity and data portfolios of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its grantees.

Sarah joins Burness from the National Congress of American Indians, where she served for four years as the policy research & evaluation manager, translating data for community use, authoring policy briefs and managing tribal health research projects under federal and foundation grants. Prior to NCAI, Sarah was policy program manager at Rural Dynamics, Inc. in Great Falls, Montana, where she ran the Northern Plains Initiative, a regional effort to advance rural and tribal community development across Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota, funded by W.K. Kellogg and Northwest Area Foundations.

She serves on the National Rural Assembly steering committee and was formerly an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer. Sarah has a Master of Public Policy with a rural policy concentration from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s in international development from McGill University.