Sarah Chavez-Yoell serves as Local Government Affairs Manager for Pacific Gas & Electricity’s Greater Bay Area Region where she works with local elected officials, developers, private companies and community-based organizations to connect the nation’s largest utility company with regional stakeholders. Most recently, Sarah served as a Community Outreach, Government Relations and Communications consultant, where she provided support to local businesses and non-profit organizations.
Sarah is from East Oakland, she is a graduate of Castlemont High School and the first in her family to go to college. Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University East Bay. Sarah was born to a teenage mom, and grew up living in poverty, receiving food and clothes from her local church and foodbank. The importance of local community based organizations stuck with Sarah as an adult because of the impact they had on her adolescence. While a student at Castlemont High School Sarah was active in Youth Alive’s Teens on Target program and in Youth Together where she learned leadership skills and how to speak up not only for herself but also for her community. Sarah currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Alive! She also serves on several other non-profit boards including Community Education Partnership, Peralta Community Colleges Foundation and The Unity Council.