Maj Sara Reed is a veteran and Reserve officer of the United States Air Force. Sara was commissioned as an officer in May 2001 and served on active duty for her first assignment at Shaw AFB, SC. During her first assignment, Sara served as a logistics officer, supporting deployments in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, and other post-9/11 operations. Following experience in logistics and personnel, Sara was selected to cross-train in to the intelligence career field. In this career field, she continued to serve on active duty with a two-year assignment to Osan Air Base, South Korea. Following this assignment, Sara moved with her military husband to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, where she supported operations in Southern Command, including the rescue of hostages in Colombia and support to Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake. Additionally, she deployed to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in 2009. In September 2010, Sara transitioned to the U.S. Air Force Reserve when her twin daughters were born. She has continued to serve in a number of capacities as a Reserve officer, most recently supporting the newly created 655th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group as the first-ever future plans officer, creating and support force development tools.
Within her civilian capacity, Sara joined University of California, Davis, in 2012 as the Chief Administrative Officer for the BFTV Cluster, supporting four academic departments within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering. In July 2014, Sara became the Director of the Shared Services Center, now leading a team of administrative professionals in providing partner-focused support services, including human resources, payroll, purchasing, and accounts payable for almost 7,000 staff and student employees on the campus. Since becoming the Director of University of California Davis’s Shared Services Center, Sara has led her team through team redesigns, designing and executing a campus and client engagement strategy, resulting in the highest client satisfaction rate to date for the Shared Services Center. She is active in the campus community, volunteering in a variety of capacities to support employee development, diversity, and continuous improvement and creativity on campus. She has served in a leadership capacity for the campus’s Administrative Managers Group for going on three years and led the creation of the Veteran Constituency diversity group on campus. Sara earned her BA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, a Masters of Science in Management and Masters of Arts in Higher Education Leadership, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership and management with a focus on human resource development.