Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Sarah Porter


Kyl Center for Water Policy, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

Sarah Porter is director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Established in 2014, the Kyl Center promotes research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to build consensus in support of sound water stewardship solutions for Arizona and the West. Sarah also serves as deputy director of Future H2O, a President’s Office initiative to focus ASU’s water expertise on solving real world water challenges, local and global.

Sarah came to the Kyl Center from the National Audubon Society, where she served as the Arizona state director and led Audubon’s Western Rivers Project, a multistate initiative to protect and restore important river habitats in the Intermountain West. As deputy director of Audubon Arizona, Sarah was a key team member in the effort to launch the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, a nature education center located in a restored riparian habitat in South Phoenix. Before joining the staff of Audubon in 2006, Sarah spent fourteen years as an attorney in private practice, specializing in complex commercial litigation.

Sarah serves on Governor Ducey’s Water Augmentation, Innovation and Conservation Council, University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center’s External Advisory Council, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board (as Chair), Phoenix’s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission and several other community boards. A native of Phoenix, Sarah received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard College and her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law, where she was a John S. Armstrong Award recipient. She clerked for Hon. William C. Canby, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.