A Lakelander for 20 + years | Lakeland City Commissioner | President of The Randy Roberts Foundation


S ara’s dedication and commitment to the Lakeland residents and the community prove her love for the place she calls home.

She has a unique perspective of understanding the challenges and opportunities better than most and has spent most of her adult life helping provide solutions to make Lakeland stronger and more vibrant.

She has served as a Lakeland City Commissioner since 2019, and she was Executive Director of Polk Vision for more than four years.

In those roles, as well as in running The Randy Roberts Foundation — an organization committed to raising up young civic leaders in honor of her late first husband — she has helped develop countless public-private partnerships, and she remarks she has lived in numerous places, but “not a more philanthropic community anywhere.” 

“People here give their time and talent to so many things, great and small,” she says. “They love their neighbors, volunteer, care for their co-workers and in turn all those acts of kindness make Lakeland the great city it is.”

The Florida Southern College graduate loves how strangers will hold the door for you and say “hello” and that long-time residents and newcomers alike genuinely love all the city has to offer.

Sara is looking forward to the future of Lakeland in part because of the “great blend of tradition and innovation” that continues to lock arms as established businesses grow
and new ones are planted.


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