Sarah Stanton, MPA



Public Administration, Public Finance, Urban Infrastructure


MPA, Northeastern University
BA, Political Science, Plymouth State University


UA 509: Public Finance and Urban Infrastructure


Sarah Stanton is the Undersecretary of Economic Strategies at the Executive Office of Economic Development in the Healey/Driscoll administration. Ms. Stanton is responsible for the state’s tourism and international trade sectors through the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment. She is also leading the offices efforts on the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s cross-secretariat Workforce Skills Cabinet and helps coordinate federal opportunities like CHIPS and Science Act funding, ARPA-H, and climate-tech investment. In addition, Ms. Stanton works closely with quasi-government partners Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and MassVentures.

Ms. Stanton was previously the Town Manager of Bedford, Massachusetts. In this position, which is appointed by the elected Select Board, Ms. Stanton served as chief executive of the Town. Ms. Stanton has held several key roles in local government over the past 17 years—including Budget Director for the City of Cambridge, Finance Director/City Auditor for the City of Salem, and other municipal leadership roles in the Town of Ipswich, City of Woburn, and City of Haverhill. She is an adjunct professor in the graduate programs for city planning, political science, and public administration at Boston University, Merrimack College, and Northeastern University. 

Contact Information:

Phone: (617) 358-4637