College of Agriculture

Sarah DeForest

Director of External Relations

Personal Information

Like many of the College of Agriculture staff, Sarah is a proud graduate of the program. During her college years, Sarah was a member of the award-winning Forensics Team, and worked as a news reporter at KPAY radio. After earning her degree in animal science, she was privileged to return to Chico to work for her alma mater not once, but twice. The first time was as the college’s outreach coordinator, recruiting students to join the College of Agriculture. After a brief foray into workforce development in Modoc County, Sarah returned to Chico in 2007 as director of advancement, cultivating philanthropic support for the College of Agriculture.  Now as director of external relations, Sarah works to connect the College of Agriculture more closely with alumni, donors, and the community through publications, events, and outreach. 

Sarah grew up in a cattle ranching family in Southern Oregon and Northern California. She is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 39. 


  • BS Agriculture - Animal Science, CSU, Chico - 2000
Portrait of Sarah DeForest