Sarah is a mediator and collaborative attorney with twenty years' experience in Sonoma County. She helps families in transition resolve their legal disputes without going to court. In 2007, she moved her solo practice to downtown Sebastopol so that she could live and work in the same town where she serves on the Council.
Prior to joining the City Council in 2004, Sarah was appointed to the city's Planning Commission and, earlier, to the Parks and Recreation Commission. During more than eleven years in office, she has served two terms as vice mayor and three terms as mayor. She is the first woman to be the mayor for two consecutive years and only the second person in recorded history to do so. As mayor in 2010, Sarah secured the designation for Sebastopol as a "Slow City" with the international organization, Cittaslow. Her current responsibilities include Pine Grove Square Sub-Committee, Library/City Hall Landscape Sub-Committee, Water Sub-Committee, and Community Impact Report Sub-Committee.
Sarah is currently chair of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority and serves as Sebastopol’s delegate to Health Action. Statewide, she holds the positions of Alternate to the California Coastal Commission for the North Central Coast (representing Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco Counties).