Administrative/Technical Staff Profile

Sara Pepper

Sara Pepper

Grants Manager

Affiliated Organizations

  • National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
Phone: 509-335-4069



Ms. Pepper moved to the Palouse region in 1995. Prior to working at Washington State University she worked as a free-lance grant writer specializing in health-related projects for clients including non-profit organizations, school districts, and state and local governments.

Personal Statement

I am motivated to reduce disparities in access to health care, health outcomes, and socio-economic opportunities.

Early on, I was interested in doing therapeutic work with children. After experience working with young children in therapeutic settings and learning more about the circumstances many of them faced, I became much more interested in public health and prevention of disease and disabilities. Working as a free-lance grant writer, I enjoyed bringing my public health training and skill set to work with community groups to identify local needs, develop programs, and bring much-needed resources into areas of northern Idaho and eastern Washington.  

Community activities: Board Member, Auditorium Chamber Music Series (Moscow, Idaho)

Other interests: Swimming, biking, hiking, travel

Education and Training

  • BS, Cornell University
  • MA, UCLA
  • MPH, University of Arizona


Public health program development and evaluation; grant writing; large project proposal development.


I enjoy working to help realize the mission of the Allen School as well as the research and capacity-building goals of the individual investigators. I especially enjoy the opportunity to work cross-culturally with our programs in East Africa, and look forward to contributing to growth of our funding and project portfolio.

I work with faculty members to support development of grant proposals. Since receiving several large awards for work in East Africa, I have also been involved in the set-up and continued management of the programs.