Sara Wagner has 20 years of government, education, and nonprofit sector experience. She moved to Northern Arizona 18 years ago, after serving in Peace Corps/Nepal through her graduate school’s Master’s International Program. She then delved into public health on the country’s largest tribal nation. Her career with the Navajo Area Indian Health Service exceeded seven years, strengthening her affinity for cross-cultural work. Next, she worked as both a Senior Health Planner and Grant Writer for Coconino County during an eight-year tenure, ultimately landing in the Manager’s Office. During her first decade in Flagstaff, she also taught Health Sciences 200 at Northern Arizona University and became “Grant Professional Certified” via the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. In January 2017, Sara launched her own consulting business, Grants that Go the Distance.
Sara grew up in Central Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with a Specialist in Gerontology Certificate from its Institute on Aging. She went on to attain a Master of Public Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, with a dual-emphasis in Health Communications and Education and Maternal and Child Health. Additionally, as part of an Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Specialist Fellowship, she completed the Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She is trained as a Holistic Stress Management Instructor and has a niche for applying Technology of Participation facilitation techniques to any endeavor. Sara served as a founding board member for Team Run Flagstaff, volunteers as a Site Visitor with the Public Health Accreditation Board, and enjoys getting involved in our Flagstaff community in her free time. A member of the Brooks Inspire Daily Elite Team, you will likely see her on one of our local trails!