Senior Director of Development, Engineering – Team Lead
As Senior Director of Development and Team Lead, Sara leads fundraising efforts and donor engagement for the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Her role entails planning and executing strategies to address the Dean’s philanthropic priorities, communicating the school’s priorities and successes to donors and prospective donors, supporting activities that help thank alumni who give, finding specific opportunities where alumni can engage within the School, and working with advisory boards or alumni groups focused on development endeavors. She also works with central development and other campus partners to advance donor/Rice relationships on behalf of the School.
Sara came to Rice in October of 2007, starting as a regional major gift officer for the Northern California area and Pacific Northwest. She moved to the School of Engineering in 2011, becoming Engineering Team Lead in October 2014 and Senior Director in 2018. Prior to Rice University, Sara worked for the Texas A&M Foundation for six years as a Director of Development for the College of Engineering, with primary responsibility for the Departments of Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering. She attended Texas A&M University – College Station, where she graduated in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and minors in Business and Public Relations.