Sara O’Brien
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Interim Executive Director

In her role as Interim Executive Director, Sara O’Brien, is Willamette Partnership’s chief strategist, lead conductor, and biggest fan. Under her leadership, Willamette Partnership is helping to build a future in which people build resilient ecosystems, healthy communities, and vibrant economies by investing in nature.

Most recently, Sara O’Brien was Willamette Partnership’s Director of Strategy and Business to refine its business strategy and identify opportunities for growth. She previously worked at Defenders of Wildlife, the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia.

Sara 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, she enjoys relaxing with projects such as managing a farm, building a straw house, and raising children.