Sara Lawrence

Program Director, Innovation Led Economic Growth

Sara Lawrence


  • MRP, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Political Science, University of Georgia
  • A-Level English Literature, Hartford College, Hartford, England

Sara Lawrence has more than 15 of experience in economic development strategic planning, program evaluation, data analysis, and policy development. She has worked with various levels of government, helping leaders and engaging stakeholders in creating jobs and spurring transformative economic growth.  She effectively interacts across all economic development sectors—business, education, non-profit, and government. Her specialties include innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship, industry cluster and value chain analysis, and clean energy-based economic development.

She has wide-ranging experience in innovation and technology-based economic development in urban and rural settings. Her work includes helping innovation hubs and research parks further advance innovation economies; assessing how cities and regions can leverage innovation assets to diversify their economic base and create economic opportunity; as well as analyzing opportunities for expansion in industry sectors such as manufacturing.