Board Member, Restaurant After Hours
Sara studied psychology as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the inner worlds of herself and those around her. She went right to work in restaurants, hostessing at a French bistro, being part of the opening team of a beer and BBQ restaurant, eventually moving on to managing an infamous rowdy college bar blocks away from her Alma Mater for several years.
Since moving to New York City in 2008, she's worked in the catering world, West Village pubs, trendy Manhattan and Brooklyn fine dining, and even a start-up six-seat takeout cafe.
She is also a recovering alcoholic. She began drinking while working in bars as a way to "loosen up" and become more sociable. Alcohol addiction quickly grew out of control and nearly took her life. She is particularly interested in the unique challenges sober people face in hospitality, and is dedicated to fighting the stigmas folks with mental health issues face. She is also involved in the eating disorder recovery and 12 step communities.