Sarah Panetta

Senior Consulting Associate

Sarah serves as a Senior Consulting Associate for Heaton Smith. She brings more than twenty years of fundraising management experience in healthcare and academic organizations to our team.


Vice President for Development, Oregon Health & Science University. Led 55-person team responsible for growing fundraising from $68 million per year to over $100 million per year; reached annual $100 million mark three years ahead of plan.

Associate Chair, Department of Development, Mayo Clinic. Served on leadership team for Mayo’s first comprehensive campaign, launched on 1.1.05 with goal of $1.25 billion over five years; campaign raised $1.35 billion by 12.31.09.

Harvard Business School – held positions of increasing responsibility. Provided leadership and coordinated development activity for quiet phase of $500 million campaign; drove strategy for seven and eight figure gifts

Director-at-Large, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V (2005-2008)

Member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO)

Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University. She lives with her husband and daughters in Portland, Oregon.