Sara Overby

Program Officer
Priority Areas I Work In:

Affordable Housing | Children Move More | Food Access and Security | Healthy Schools

A natural people-person, Sara was drawn to the nonprofit world more than 10 years ago because she wanted to work in a sector that prioritizes people over profits. At the Foundation since 2010, her favorite part of being a program officer is listening to what someone is trying to accomplish, helping them articulate it and connecting them to similarly spirited folks. She believes that people come first and the exciting part of her job is figuring out how to create systems and tools that work for them.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sara appreciates the diversity, geography and history of Colorado. In fact, she claims this unofficial accomplishment: she has easily sat in the dust bowl exhibit at the History Colorado Museum in Denver longer than any other visitor.

Traveling to communities around the state brought her one particular drive she’ll never forget. The first time she drove from Dove Creek toward Norwood, she had "Tutti Frutti" turned up on the local radio station. The she unexpectedly came to the gorgeous rising canyon of Slick Rock. She turned the bend and entered Disappointment Valley, which is breathtakingly gorgeous and inaccurately named. Sara looked around and realized she had been the only person on the road for miles. She pulled the car over, stood on the shoulder of the road, listened to the silence and the wind, and felt grateful for her opportunity to be there.

When she’s not having “Aha!” moments on the side of a beautiful Colorado highway, Sara enjoys sitting by a fireplace with a good book and Seinfeld reruns — a balm for her brain.


BS Business Management — Oklahoma State University

MA Public Administration and Nonprofit Management — University of Colorado Denver

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"Our systems and tools should work for people instead of people working for the systems and tools."
Sara Overby