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Sara Banai

Senior Project Coordinator
Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sara is passionate about building healthy communities for people and our planet. Before joining Elevate, Sara worked on the 2020 election with Work for Progress as a Campaign Associate. She canvassed voters in Colorado and provided information about candidates for state and federal elections. She also recruited new staff to join the Work for Progress campaign. Prior to her work during the 2020 campaign cycle, Sara was an Administrative Assistant for Can-SOLVE CKD, a pan-Canadian patient-oriented kidney research network. She provided administrative support for the operations team, coordinated logistics for meetings and events, and assisted in developing an online learning module about patient-oriented research and kidney research in Canada.

Sara is a volunteer for Climate Crisis Policy, where she uses her cartography skills to map membership of the coalition. Sara earned her BA in Geography with a focus on Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia.

In her free time, Sara loves to cook vegetarian meals, explore the outdoors, and read books about food and plants.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

* because I always want more details

What is your hidden talent?

I'm really good at getting all the dishes to fit in the dishwasher

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Reading and spending time outside with friends

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