Sarah has over 17 years of experience in historic preservation of cultural resources throughout the southeast United States, working with non-profits, government agencies, private firms, and as a consultant. Her experience with design review, the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Incentives and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act provides a strong foundation for documentation and protection of historic properties and sensitive design approaches to infill and rehabilitation projects.
Sarah often provides education and outreach to government agencies, higher educational institutions, neighborhood organizations, non-profit organizations, and private groups on the benefits of preservation. She serves on the Education Committee for the Historic Savannah Foundation, Fox Theatre Institute Preservation Grants Committee, the Historic Preservation Advisory Council to the Coastal Regional Center, and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Ms. Ward also co-authored the chapter on Historic Preservation for the fifth edition of the Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Councilmembers with Malik Watkins of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Sarah’s experience and education exceed the National Park Service Professional Qualification Standards for historic preservation published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61. She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her home state. Following this, she moved to Savannah and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), part of the American Planning Association, and the Georgia Chapter.
She is the proud wife of Josh, parent of two amazing children, and companion to one enthusiastic chocolate lab. She loves to run and play tennis with friends in Savannah.