“With Sarah Tober joining our team as Executive Director of Local First Foundation, I have an overwhelming sense of making the right decision”, says Ted Wright, Board President of Local First Foundation. “Sarah has been a small business entrepreneur, experiencing business from the ground up. She has an impressive history of steering nonprofits to success and guiding community missions with an even hand and a sure will.”
“As Local First continues our work to support the local, independent businesses of La Plata County, it is increasingly important to address the issues facing the greater community,” said Local First Managing Director, Emily Bell. “Sarah’s skill set and experience will enable our organizations to deepen existing programs, while expanding and creating new programs to address the ever-changing needs of our businesses.”
Local First is a 501(c)6 that was founded 15 years ago to represent the voice of area independent businesses, while leading initiatives and programs that further support buying local, and educating Durango consumers on the importance of supporting locally owned independent businesses for the benefit of the community. Local First Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was formed to further the mission of education, research, and outreach on the importance of local self-reliance in order to build an economy that values people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone. As the Executive Director of Local First Foundation, Tober looks forward to working in tandem with Local First to strengthen programs and partnerships in healthcare, energy, and living wage.