Every day, our clients strive to improve their communities. I’m grateful for their vision, passion, and commitment. The bold steps they take to make a difference in the lives of others is inspiring. It is a tremendous privilege to help them accomplish their goals.

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Sarah is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to help them communicate their vision for the future and prepare systematic plans to achieve them. Her areas of expertise include planning comprehensive campaigns, staffing campaign leadership, managing volunteers, and engaging donors.

Sarah joined CCS in 2015, bringing more than 13 years of experience with nonprofits. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah spent nine years in development and community outreach with coastal nature preserves in San Diego, California, and Wells, Maine. While working in the binational Tijuana River Watershed, she collaborated with government agencies, international organizations, nonprofits, and businesses to secure funding to restore and protect the water quality and habitat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sarah earned her master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the University of California – San Diego in 2012. Her undergraduate work was in Peace Studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She has volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations, including Amnesty International in London, the Appalachian Mountain Club, San Diego Coastkeeper, and a refugee resettlement center in New York State.

Sarah grew up in Maine, and currently resides in Portland. She loves to travel, especially in Mexico, but now spends most of her free time playing on the beach and hiking in the woods with her husband and two children.

select client parnters

  • Avesta Housing
  • Berwick Academy
  • Cheverus High School
  • First Parish in Portland
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition
  • Preble Street
  • Maine Audubon
  • Maine Historical Society
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
  • Thomas College
  • The Winsor School
  • Waynflete School


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Boston, MA 02110

(617) 292-2666


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Thomas College

Thomas College

Northeast US

Thomas College, in partnership with CCS, raised $30M for scholarships, athletic facilities, key academic initiatives, and student success programs.

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