Sarah Sumadi graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism and a concentration in Spanish. For two years, she served as Director of Volunteers and Communications at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest. In 2011, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent two and a half years there and earned a master's degree in international relations from the Universidad de San Andres. She also worked full-time as an academic adviser for EducationUSA, a program of the U.S. State Department, to help Argentine students apply to U.S. colleges and universities. Sarah is passionate about food and women's economic development.
In 2014, she co-produced, edited and published the Leaders from the Kitchen cookbook, which brings together recipes and stories from more than 40 women leaders and entrepreneurs in Belize and Nicaragua. So far, book sales have raised more than $5,000 for organizations that provide small business training and support to low-income women in both countries.