Sara Fairley-Luna uses she/her pronouns. She is the Program Director for Leadership Fort Worth’s Leadership Class and Edge programs. Prior to joining the Leadership Fort Worth team, she was the Chief Social Programs Officer for RAICES, the largest legal nonprofit in Texas. While with RAICES, Sara launched the social program’s department, increased case management capacity across the state of Texas, secured funding for a national hotline to service migrants across the U.S., established a community center in San Antonio, Texas and elevated the refugee resettlement program.
Prior to RAICES, Sara lived and worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a national agency supporting initial resettlement into the U.S. While in D.C. Sara was an active member of the Women’s Information Network and supported local D.C. social & education justice efforts. Sara holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and Master of Art’s in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding for the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Sara has a diverse background. She has worked in Vermont, with rural un-housed populations, in mental health facilities, overseas in Southeast Asia and for grassroots political campaigns. She lived and worked in a monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar curating curriculum for adult learners rooted in conflict transformation, restorative justice, and dialogue. She is a trained Reiki practitioner, a newly appointed interim board chair for LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S and an avid advocate for all underserved communities in Fort Worth, Texas. Sara is civically engaged, a supporter of local arts and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. She leads with her strengths: strategy, empathy, communication, positivity, and activation and is always looking for opportunities to learn.