MSU College of Law

Sara Presler

CEO, Arizona Foundation for Women

2005 | Phoenix, AZ

Northern Arizona University| History

“I loved the balance between watching Big Ten hockey on Friday night and then spending all day in the library on Saturday. Michigan State is a beautiful place to live and learn.”

As CEO of Arizona Foundation for Women, Sara Presler utilizes sound judgment and critical thinking skills to lead four corporations in the medical field. She serves the organization’s member physicians, customers, and the public. She is responsible for a multi-million dollar budget and many employees, and serves the organization’s board of directors. “We deliver quality healthcare businesses for physicians by physicians,” she said.

Every week presents a new opportunity for Sara to use her legal education. “One week I am drafting legislation with a state senator; the next week, I am negotiating a contract with a customer for services; and the following week, I am writing editorials to share our policy initiatives with national media. Finally, I use my clinical education to address the diversity of questions that our members present for legal research on the eve of the Affordable Care Act's implementation in Arizona,” Sara said.

When Sara was a student at MSU College of Law, the Rental Housing Clinic taught her client control, legal representation, and advocacy for under-represented populations. In addition, the Trial Practice Institute taught her complex problem solving, public speaking, and teamwork.

“I loved the balance between watching Big Ten hockey on Friday night and then spending all day in the library on Saturday. Michigan State is a beautiful place to live and learn,” she said. “The relationships I formed at Michigan State with the faculty and staff still matter today. In law school, unlike in undergrad, getting to know your professors is really, really important. Faculty members at MSU Law are first-class, yet approachable and helpful.”