Sarah Tenney

Director of Development, Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Sarah Tenney

Sarah Tenney joined the university’s advancement office as the director of development, government, corporate and foundation relations in 2020. In her role, Sarah helps align the university's new enterprise areas and the advancement office's institutional solicitations, working closely with faculty, finance, HR and advancement to prepare proposals for key strategic improvement needs, update procedures, verify grant criteria, identify funder priorities, grow faculty grant writers, deliver funder reports, and assist as grant projects change.

She arrived on campus with nearly 30 years of industry experience, which has included four executive positions with Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii, Goodwill Industries, the USS Battleship Missouri, and the Blue Export Group. Her university tenures include AAFOA consortium membership, developing Chaminade University’s nonprofit MBA program, as well as adjunct faculty roles and multiple federal grant contract responsibilities for the University of Hawaii system.

After a move to Oregon, she was recruited in 2018 to the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP) in Beaverton, for which she raised $1.2 million to support 7,000 students and 90 statewide events.

Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in Asian studies (Japan/China), is a graduate of the Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI) in international entrepreneurship, and holds an executive MBA from the University of Hawaii Manoa.

A resident of Hillsboro, she attends Beaverton Foursquare Church and East Hill Family Church in Gresham. She also participates in the Portland ComedySportz Recreation League and is an amateur floral painter.