Inspired. Energetic. Determined.
Sarah Halstead is a partner at Katalyst Development Strategies, a communications consultancy that helps great ideas, people, projects, and places realize their potential. She specializes in community, economic, and workforce development and has a proclivity toward startups, and things green, sustainable, healthy and fair.
Halstead brings STEM and entrepreneur education and background to her work in community and economic development. During 12 years as an educator, she worked for the US Department of Defense Schools in Okinawa and Japan where she was part of a corps of teachers selected to model innovative teaching methods. In her position as senior workforce development strategist for the California Employee Training Institute, a non-profit organization affiliated with the San Diego Community College District, she devised award-winning custom training programs for corporations and agencies such as Cardinal Health, Qualcomm, San Diego Health and Human Services, and the San Diego County Water Authority. Since returning to West Virginia and joining Katalyst in 2006, she has been instrumental in developing a statewide conversation about high performance, sustainable building and community design practices. She is the founding executive director of WVGreenWorks, founded the West Virginia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is a founding member of Create West Virginia.
She was the Create WV consultant to West Virginia State University Extension who designed the co-working/makerspace for mobile creatives, and influenced the facility design at the WVSU Economic Development Center in Charleston, a co-working space and digital production incubator. She continues to manage youth-driven civic leadership and community engagement initiatives that have resulted in increasing multiple forms of community capital.