Meet the Director

Sarah Morningstar

Sarah Morningstar standing outside Seattle City Hall.

Sarah Morningstar is honored to serve as the Acting Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). She has been the department’s Deputy Director since July 2018, overseeing DON’s thriving community building programs such as the P-Patch Community Gardening Program, Community Grants, Historic Preservation, and the Major Institutions and Schools Program, along with the department’s internal operations.

Sarah was born and raised in South Seattle. Before joining the City, she spent two years working as a campaign director with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where she raised money to support the fight against cancer. Prior to that, Sarah spent 16 years with Seattle Public Schools as both a teacher and vice principal, working with students, families, and teachers to close the opportunity gap.