Ms. Buck joined RCAP Inc. in March 2019 and has been involved in the water resources management and community development industry for more than eight years, six of which have been within the RCAP network. She spent four years in California at the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, where she managed the flagship Agua4All program and was an active member of the Community Leadership and Regionalization teams. Most recently she worked at RCAP Solutions in Massachusetts as the Deputy Director of Community Resources where she helped to oversee all water, wastewater and solid waste work in the northeast and US Caribbean which included a staff of 20 and more than $6 million in program dollars. Because of this history, she brings a unique regional and grassroots technical assistance provider approach to her national work.
Sarah has extensive experience in fund development, grants and contracts management, strategic program development and implementation, capacity building, professional facilitation, community outreach, communications, and adult education. Sarah has years of on the ground experience leading participant-based trainings, including rural water system leadership development, and has facilitated multiple utility regionalization processes.
Ms. Buck graduated magna cum laude with a BA in International Studies from Middlebury College with a concentration in Hispanic Literature and Culture and a double minor in Russian and Political Science. She is a certified facilitator and environmental educator in both Project WET and Project Learning Tree. Sarah holds certificates of completion for participation in the following courses: the US Water Alliance’s One Water Leadership Institute on Adaptive Leadership, Common Ground Mediation and Conflict Resolution, The Grantsmanship Center’s grant writing boot camp, The Croatan Institute’s series on Crowdfunding, Compass Point’s Instructional Design, OTTER participant based training techniques, Six Pillars of a Rural Development Specialist, and Facilitative Leadership for Social Change as well as ongoing water and wastewater technical, managerial and financial professional development. She has a professional membership with the New England Water Works Association and is on their Public Relations Committee as well as the New England Water Communications Collaborative.