San Diego State University – Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin American Studies
University of California, San Diego – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Spanish and Latin American Literature
At the age of three, Sara’s parents decided to move her family back to their home country, Honduras, Central America. They lived in San Pedro Sula for over six years, where she and her sister further developed their native language, absorbed the culture, and learned the realities of life in a third world country. Upon their return to California, her family moved to Riverside where her parents still reside. Sara found her passion for Latin America’s rich history and literature as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego. Having personally experienced challenges in her pursuit of education, she is determined to help others along the path, especially low-income and first generation to college students.
Sara has worked with educational access programs for over 20 years, including the role of Director of Student Support Services, a college retention program at University of San Diego. Under her leadership, the program exceeded the University’s prior graduation rates for first generation to college students.
Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Sara served as BLCI’s Chief Operations Officer for seven years. Since starting at BLCI, she’s led efforts to expand BLCI’s impact throughout San Diego County, including Chula Vista and El Cajon. Her current goal is to strengthen BLCI’s services and establish additional programs in deserving communities.
Passions: Encouraging and providing opportunities for every person, regardless of background and resources, to reach their potential.
Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela