Sara O’Brien
Sara O'Brien

Director of Strategy and Business Development

Sara O’Brien is helping Willamette Partnership to refine its business strategy and identify opportunities for future growth. O’Brien also pitches in on ecosystem services program work as needed. She was most recently Director of Conservation Strategies at Defenders of Wildlife. O’Brien previously worked on projects related to climate change, wildland fire, and desertification at the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and linguistics from Grinnell College and an M.S. in natural resource management from the University of Arizona. In her spare time, Sara O’Brien enjoys relaxing with projects such as managing a farm, building a straw house, and raising a toddler.