Director of Communications and Strategy
Sara Behunek joined the Rifeline team in September of 2019 as a Director of Communications and Strategy, bringing with her 15 years of experience in communications. When it comes to public involvement, Sara strives to create trusting connections with stakeholders and seek out the voices that may not often be heard.
Most recently, Sara worked at the City of Austin leading community engagement, media relations, social media and marketing for the Corridor Mobility Program. While at the city, Sara also assisted with the development of multiple bond referendums to fund public infrastructure and affordable housing. Prior to her work in public service, Sara was a journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, CNNMoney.com and Fortune.com.
Sara received her Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She has completed the Foundations for Public Participation coursework by the International Association of Public Participation as well as training in the Systematic Development of Participatory Management and Planning.
Originally from Colorado, Sara has called Austin home since 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, running the occasional road or trail race, and spending time with her partner, young daughter and their very ill-behaved brood of pets.