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Get to Know Our New Deputy Director: Sarah Morningstar

photo of Sarah Morningstar in front of City Hall

Department Deputy Director for Community Investments


  • Where did you grow up: Right here in Seattle!
  • What neighborhood do you call home: Currently, Eastlake is home, but South Seattle was home for 37 years.
  • What makes your neighborhood special: I love the variety of housing and architectural styles that make up Eastlake!
  • Dogs, cats, or both: Both! We’ve a cat and a puppy.
  • Go-to-coffee order: Two shots over ice with a splash of milk.
  • Embarrassing moment: Once, while on vacation, I had the opportunity to be a back-up dancer for Robin Williams. Let’s just say I didn’t miss my professional calling.



For the last two years, Sarah worked as a campaign director with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where she raised money to support the fight against cancer. Prior to this, Sarah spent 16 years with Seattle Public Schools as both a teacher and vice principal where she worked with students, families, and teachers to close the opportunity gap. In her role with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Sarah will oversee established, thriving community building programs such as the P-Patch Community Gardening Program, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Historic Preservation, and the Major Institutions and School Program, along with the department’s internal operations.

“I’m excited to identify occasions where we might better serve all Seattleites. I’m also eager to establish new connections with historically underserved communities and to guide our programs’ incorporation of thoughtful, equitable environmental stewardship.”