As Chief Operating Officer at BES, Sara Zainab Bokhari (she/her/hers) sits at the heart of internal operations, supporting the BES team in driving toward the mission of educational opportunity and excellence. Prior to joining BES, Sara served as Head of People and Culture at a high-growth ed-tech startup where she designed and built the organization’s first people function. She has also served as an educational consultant at TNTP, where she spent 10 years working alongside central office staff, school administrators, and teachers in developing leaders to be designers and advocates for equitable systems and student achievement. She is a passionate advocate for inclusive management practices and is certified as a Neurodivergent Work and Family Coach. Sara began her career as an educator and corps member with Teach for America in New York City. She holds her MBA from George Washington University, her MA in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.