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