Sarah is a landscape designer and planner with over 25 years of experience in landscape architecture, regional planning and historic preservation. Sarah has been the Executive Director of the Amherst Business Improvement District since 2013 and was previously Director of Conservation and Planning at W.D. Cowls, Inc. Land Company and a Partner at Conservation Works LLC. Prior to joining Cowls in 2008, Sarah worked for seven years as a Project Manager at Dodson Associates, Ltd. Landscape Architecture and Planning. Sarah’s work has ranged from scenic resource inventory and analysis and historic mill village master plans to large-scale conservation restrictions and urban design projects across New England and New York State. She is a full member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
In addition to her professional work, Sarah has served on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations including the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, the STAR Program at The Hood Center for Children at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She is an Emeritus Board Member at Chesterwood Museum, a historic site owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sarah has also served on the Town of Amherst Historical Commission and has been an Amherst Town Meeting member since 2012.
Sarah received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990 and is a 1985 graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.