Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Sara Dial

First Place Board Chair; Sara Dial & Associates President and CEO

Since 1996, Sara has been president and CEO of Sara Dial & Associates, an economic development consulting firm specializing in site selection, economic and community development, and government relations for both public- and private-sector clients. She has led high-profile economic development initiatives in Arizona, including the creation and implementation of a multi-jurisdictional urban revitalization model, the “Discovery Triangle,” and the restructuring of Arizona’s statewide economic development organization under Governor Janice Brewer, resulting in the creation of the Arizona Commerce Authority. 

Sara is active in the Greater Phoenix community and has served on or chaired many local and national community boards and commissions. Her current community and corporate board involvement includes First Place® AZ, Arizona School for the Arts, Arizona Women’s Forum, Barrow Neurological Foundation, BBVA Compass Bank, Childhelp USA, Grand Canyon Education, Inc., Maricopa County Community College and Mobile Mini. Sara has also served as a former board member of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and chaired its annual community breakfast fundraisers.