Sarah Potter is the External Program Manager for the Illinois Teen Institute (ITI) and Mid-Level Institute (MLI),
a state and national award-wining substance abuse prevention and leadership development program for high school
and middle school youth.
Sarah’s career reflects an ongoing commitment to helping young people live healthy, productive lives. She has specialized experience in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving human service programs. Prior to joining IADDA, Sarah was the President of Creative Alliance LLC, a consulting group serving non-profit organizations, government agencies, and small businesses. Sarah brings both prevention and public policy experience to the position. She previously served as Professional Development Specialist at Prevention First (PFI), providing training and technical assistance to state funded prevention agencies. Prior to her service with PFI, Sarah was Program Specialist for Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In this role, she developed effective statewide strategies to reduce drug impacts and built public support for better drug policies. She also provided leadership to communities in the areas of truancy and delinquency prevention, court diversion programs, and balanced and restorative justice. Early in her career, she served a workforce development board in California, crafting competitive bidding opportunities. Sarah holds Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees from Southern Illinois University.