Sara Sanderson

Sara Sanderson has been a lifelong community activist and organizer, beginning with "The 10 Mile Walk to save the Canal" in rural Wisconsin when she was 12 years old. Sara started her career as an attorney in rural Washington representing farmworkers in labor and police misconduct cases. She then returned to San Francisco and worked for Legal Services representing tenants and battered women. While taking time out to raise two children, she took on numerous roles with her family-owned telephone company. After selling the company, Sara became active in capital fundraising for the Jazz School and Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley. She has served as an officer and director for the Women Donors Network. Sara plays jazz tenor saxophone as the lead of The Left Coast Sextet, an all-woman jazz band. In 2014, she cofounded JazzWomen and Girls Advocates (JAGA) to advocate for women jazz instrumentalists. The thread through Sara's career and volunteer work is promoting practical solutions to issues identified by communities of color and women.

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