Sara Vera has served on The Wilderness Society governing council since 2010.
Sara describes herself as an activist for social and environmental justice. She is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she has received a Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program Fellowship and a Blalock Foundation Fellowship. Her research focuses on social stratification.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in psychology from Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon, where she was a member of the Psi Chi academic honor society and a recipient of the Mary Stuart-Rogers scholarship for academic achievement.
From 2005-2007 Sara held post-baccalaureate research positions in social psychology at Portland State University and Oregon Public Broadcasting. From 2002-2005 she was a volunteer at Adventures Without Limits, which offers outdoor adventure trips and clinics for people of all ages and abilities. Sara has also volunteered at Passages Northwest, a group that teaches outdoor leadership to underserved, culturally diverse girls.
She has been a member of the Portland chapter of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
For the past five summers, she has been a national park ranger in Yosemite National Park.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Sara is an accomplished rock climber and mountaineer.