Sarah Sunu

Program Associate & Managing Editor for the COMPASS Blog

Sarah believes in the power of conversation and common ground to achieve positive change. She connects science leaders to the ideas, skills, and people that can make that change possible. Sarah has spent over ten years exploring the many ways people communicate about the environment—facilitating conversations around difficult topics, capturing the heart of a discussion through graphic recording, and distilling the essence of our work on the COMPASS Blog. A renaissance woman, Sarah has worked across the full suite of COMPASS activities, from leading trainings to writing grant proposals.


Sarah’s curiosity drives her to look for the story behind the story; an avid and omnivorous curator of information, she balances her drive to learn with critical thinking and a strong analytical streak. She loves meeting people who are as passionate about their work as she is about helping them to share it, and making sure those people also meet each other. Sarah earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a M.E.M. in coastal ecosystems from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She delights in exploring the outdoors, can wax poetic about word choice, and has a board game for pretty much any situation you can think of.

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