Sara A. Peterson, JD

Sara A. Peterson, JDSara is a management consultant to nonprofits, government, foundations, and community groups. As such, she specializes in practical governance and board development, a wide range of planning and facilitation, evaluation, and organizational assessments.

With more than thirteen years of practice she has assisted over 175 organizations from small, all-volunteer organizations to multi-billion-dollar entities. Geographically her portfolio has spanned the United States and included countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

From 2000 to 2010, Sara worked at LarsonAllen LLP. During that period she led organizational development, planning, program evaluation, and search engagements; made numerous presentations on governance, evaluation and organizational change; managed the firm’s annual nonprofit conference; and managed marketing efforts within the firm’s nonprofit and government consulting group. Sara left the firm in 2010 to set up her own business – guiding clients in strategy, governance, and management.

Prior to her employment with LarsonAllen LLP, Sara developed expertise as a funder and an attorney, serving as program officer to the James Ford Bell Foundation in Minnesota and as litigator for the Child Support Recovery Unit in Iowa. At the foundation, she managed a multi-organization collaboration, administered grant programs, and maintained information systems for the philanthropy consulting firm in which the foundation was housed.

Sara’s education includes completion of all course work toward a Master of Arts in public policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management. She obtained a juris doctor with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in music from the University of Iowa.

Sara’s past community service has included the marketing committee of the Charities Review Council, the advisory board of the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis, president of the Humphrey Institute Alumni Board, secretary for the Textile Center of Minnesota, and the IAP2 USA board of directors. Today, Sara is a member of BoardSource, the Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Indiana Coalition for the Arts, the Indiana Evaluators Association, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2 USA), and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. She is treasurer for the IAP2 USA Great Lakes Chapter, is a member of the Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County's training/outreach committee, volunteers with the Monroe County Humane Association and recently became chair of its board of directors.