Big picture perspective can spark even greater innovation. As Co-Lead of EY Americas Cannabis Centre of Excellence and US cannabis sector leader, Sarah works closely with senior executives to understand the landscape, and then maximize value creation through corporate strategy, innovation, M&A, and performance enhancement.
Sarah supports corporate and private equity clients in evaluating M&A opportunities; conducting sell-side and buy-side market studies; and identifying innovative new products and ingredients. She draws on years of experience working with state cannabis regulators across the United States to draft medical and adult-use rules; review dispensary license applications; conduct risk and control assessments; and evaluate investigation and audit procedures. Prior to her current focus on the cannabis industry, Sarah was a forensic accountant, assisting clients in various industries to arbitrate M&A working capital and earnout disputes; assess compliance and forensic risks; develop ethics and compliance programs; and design internal controls.
A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration.
How Sarah is building a better working world
Every day, I try to be the inclusive leader that I want to see in the world: devoted to diversity and equity, vulnerable and open, and above all, trustworthy. I believe it is my responsibility to model these values and to promote them with my team, my clients and my community. I may not always get it right, but I own up to my mistakes and encourage others to do the same.