Areas of Expertise

Board governance and strategic planning services

Sara Watkins gave us a process to create an improved, effective board of directors. She is knowledgeable, collaborative, and creative. She is both grounded and inspirational. Bringing a wealth of knowledge to the process, Sara does not use boilerplate; instead she tailors her work to meet the particular needs of an organization.

–– Elaine Amir, President Foundation for Jewish Studies

Sara Watkins  |  Partner Consultant


Sara Watkins offers deep expertise in board development and strategic planning. She is the past board chair of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and served on the MedStar Health board of directors in a variety of leadership roles including chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is the immediate past president of the Capital Area Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). A veteran of the banking industry, Sara was Executive Vice President of the Corporate Services Group for Sandy Spring Bank where she led a key division of the bank including Strategic Planning, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Facilities Management, and Technology Management. Sara is a faculty member for the American Bankers Associations Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Education & Certification

Sara graduated from Hood College with a BA in Human Resource Management. She completed the Strategic Human Resource Program at Harvard Business School. She is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Sara is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Leadership Fellow.


MCAEL, BCC Chamber, Non Profit Village, Foundation for Jewish Studies, Fairfax Futures, Annapolis Film Festival, BoardMatch Montgomery, Non-Profit Village Board Training workshop, Artivate, Fairfax Futures, Shepherds Table, Dumbarton Oaks, Village Youth &, Family Center, Open Arms Housing Inc., MCPAW, Silver Spring Village, Little Falls Village

Community Service

Sara serves on the Governance Committee for Project Knitwell. She serves as Co-Chair of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festivals Fiber Arts Workshops Committee. She provides pro bono board development services for Villages in Montgomery County.

Get to know me

Sara also spends her time traveling around the world experiencing different cultures, often the trips include contra dancing, hiking and/or knitting.

Favorite Quote

“If you don’t like something change it; If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” –– Maya Angelou