Photography by Liza Voll

Sarah Berner

Operations Associate, Finance & Operations


503 East Jackson Street, Suite 337
Tampa, FL 33602-4904
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 239

Sarah Berner (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is an accomplished vocalist, arts administrator, and people operations generalist, with nearly two decades of experience. Berner returns to her passion for arts and culture after having spent the last ten years in public services, social justice, and political operations. She brings a keen interest and expertise in advancing arts accessibility and equitable recruitment practices.

Berner most recently served as Personnel Recruitment and Engagement Assistant with DC Design Ltd, a human-centered design consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, CA. In this role, she spearheaded human resource functions, spanning talent acquisition, employee relations, and new hire onboarding. Berner also devised strategies for building a diverse pipeline of candidates from underrepresented groups and implemented initiatives to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion among staff. She conducted extensive research, including internal interviews and focus groups, on the most efficient improvements for internal onboarding and training processes, constructed a new ATS platform, and managed recruitment evaluations.

Berner was named a Regional Field Director for the Somos Votantes Orlando field office during the 2020 presidential election. Having been promoted to this position after working as a remote field organizer, she managed recruitment and training of canvassers and oversaw canvasser data management and metrics. Berner also previously fulfilled production positions at the Naples Players and Opera Theatre Stetson University, administrative positions with the Volusia County Public Library and Chisholm Center Community Choir, and membership in the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Berner earned a bachelor of music degree with studies in English from Stetson University. She also holds an Associate Professional of Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

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