Sara Deen

Meet Sara


Dr. Sara Deen is a dynamic and dedicated leader with a strong commitment to equity, innovation, and public service in her community.

Serving on the Palos Verdes Unified School District Board of Education, Sara is attuned to the needs of both educators and students, helping align the values of the community with the objectives of local schools. Driven by her belief in the transformative power of education, she is focused on enhancing teaching methods and implementing sustainable practices to equip students for future success.

From ‘Baji’ to Public Service

Sara’s dedication to public service is deeply rooted in her family’s journey from Pakistan to California, where she was born and raised the eldest of three siblings. Her role as “baji,” meaning big sister, fostered a profound sense of duty and drive to nurture the success of those around her from a young age.

Her upbringing has significantly influenced her worldview and commitment to stewardship. Sara’s courage to challenge the status quo is inspired by memories of her grandfather as a problem solver who helped marginalized members of his community in Pakistan. Her mother’s and father’s tenacity and perseverance to immigrate to the United States instilled faith and respect for the systems in place that make America a successful democracy and economic leader. 

This appreciation for functional and equitable systems underpins Sara’s dedication to creating governance that effectively serves its citizens.

Cultural Bridge Builder

Sara’s values are reflected in her efforts to uplift and support her community. Her commitment to bridge-building is demonstrated through her involvement with NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Since 2019, she has actively nurtured relationships between Muslims and Jews, focusing on transforming communities through lasting partnerships.
Her work with NewGround highlights her conviction in the power of dialogue and collaboration across cultural and religious beliefs, creating an environment where differences are viewed as an opportunity for growth and mutual understanding.
Prior to entering public service, Sara had a successful career as a practicing dentist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and she received her degree in dentistry from the University of California, San Francisco.
Sara resides in Palos Verdes, Calif. with her husband and two children.


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