Sara Abernethy

Business Analyst


 Sara is a growth strategy expert with consulting and corporate experience, creating brands and products that connect emotionally with consumers, particularly in the consumer packaged goods, food, and retail industries. Her background includes consulting with Deloitte and L.E.K. Consulting, senior strategy roles at The Hershey Company, and leading branding and innovation projects at specialty consulting firms.

 More recently Sara has focused on business planning for new ventures including a snack bar company, a real estate tech venture, a mobile app in the food space, a music education company, a restaurant in Dubai and a healthy snack company. She enjoys conducting the market analysis, gathering assumptions to inform financial projections, and compiling the strategy and analysis into business plans that clarify the roadmap for the operating team and the opportunity for investors.

 In addition to serving in this role at New Venture Advisors, Sara is a real estate investor, managing a portfolio of short-term rental properties near her home in the Finger Lakes area of New York.

 Sara received an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.A. in International Business at Dickinson College.






 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a school district commissary. The goal is to strengthen Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development. (2021)