Sara brings a diverse background in the fields of education, community organizing, and social justice advocacy to her work as a researcher for the Institute for the Future’s Work+Learn Futures Group. Having spent several years in Latin America and Spain before joining IFTF in 2011, she approaches futures thinking from a deeply global perspective. Sara leads much of IFTF’s future of learning research, working with governments, educational institutions, corporations, foundations, and non-profits around the world to understand the rapidly shifting landscapes of education and work.
Sara is passionate about giving individuals and institutions the tools they need to more effectively think about and prepare for the future. In 2014, Sara developed and launched IFTF’s Foresight Studio, which produces resources and courses to train people in futures thinking and foresight methodologies. She also has been a core member of several projects using IFTF’s massively open online forecasting platform, the Foresight Engine, to engage large audiences in thinking about complex future ideas.
Before arriving at IFTF, Sara worked for Amigos de las Américas in Ecuador, where she managed an international team to establish a youth leadership and community development volunteer program and cultivated partnerships across a wide variety of NGOs. Sara holds a BA in Latin American studies and Spanish from Oberlin College.