Sara is Director of Artisan Compliance and Programming at Nest where she has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Nest’s Artisan Advancement and Ethical Compliance Program, as well as Nest’s other Global Solutions projects which aim to address common challenges faced by artisans globally such as wastewaster management, providing living wages, and technology solutions for supply chain transparency. Sara previously worked as Nest’s Program Manager at its flagship project in Varanasi, India, where she has resided for 3 1/2 years consulting closely with artisans on the ground, allowing her to deeply understand the cultural, economic and logistical challenges they face, as well as to develop practical, sustainable solutions that support the long term growth of their businesses in an ever changing global marketplace. Prior to working with Nest, Sara served as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, where she consulted with several micro-enterprises including artisans and a micro-finance organization on basic business skills, marketing and internal systems development. Sara graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Arts Management and a concentration in Marketing. She is also an avid photographer and traveler. Sara’s career began with a keen interest in the cross section of art and business and an appreciation for entrepreneurship. At the age of 16, she began an internship with an independent record label, Righteous Babe Records, founded by folksinger and social activist Ani DiFranco. She spent 9 years with the business, eventually becoming Executive Assistant and Venue Manager for the company’s multi-use venue housed in a restored 19th century church. Prior to working with Nest, Sara served as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, where she consulted with several micro-enterprises including artisans and a micro-finance organization on basic business skills, marketing and internal systems development.

Sara graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Arts Management and a concentration in Marketing. She is also an avid photographer and traveler.  

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