Sara B. Herald, an attorney, as well as a former advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Fortune 500 executive now serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Barry University. Sara is a native Miamian and a third generation Floridian.
As a shareholder at Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England she specialized in commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, real estate and banking. Her pro bono work was for abused, neglected and medically challenged children. Her avocation became her vocation when she became the Regional Vice President of the Children’s Home Society, the state’s largest non-profit agency providing residential and community based services for the state’s neediest children. Sara led the Children’s Home Society for over six years and during that same period served Governor Jeb Bush as his Social Service Policy Transition Coordinator and then as the interim District Administrator for the state’s Department of Children & Families. After eight years in public service, Sara became the Chief Administrative Officer for Regions Bank for seven years.
Sara has also provided consulting and interim management services to a wide variety of for profit and not-for-profit businesses.
In her current role as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Barry University, Sara leads the advancement office, including major and planned gifts; advancement services; alumni relations; annual giving; marketing and communications; corporate and community relations; grants and sponsored programs and governmental relations.
Sara has served on numerous community boards and is an avid college sports fan. She is on the Board of Breakthrough Miami as well as the Orange Bowl Committee and has served as a past chair of the Rhapsody in Orange Party; vice chair of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and has chaired the Host Committee. Most recently, Sara served as the Host Chair for the BCS National Championship game.
Sara also has a long volunteer history, particularly as a child advocate. She has played a leadership role in other organizations, including the Children’s Services Council; Miami-Dade’s Children’s Trust; the Miami-Dade and Monroe Early Learning Coalition; Overtown Youth Center; Alonzo Mourning Charities; Miami Children’s Museum; Dade County Women’s Fund; Coconut Grove Arts Festival; and YWCA of Greater Miami. She’s also dedicated countless hours of pro-bono work for abused and neglected women and children.
Herald received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. She lives in South Miami with her husband Bing and is the mother of four children, ages 26-32.