Sara Poole has spent her 20 + year career working in high-tech start-ups, some unique private investments, commercial real estate, and restaurant ventures. Poole began her career as one of the first three Internet sales executives at UUNET, and later was part of the three-man team that founded UUNET's Web Hosting Services Business Unit, the first commercial web hosting service in the world, where she was responsible for national sales, marketing, and business development.
After the WorldCom acquisition of UUNet, Poole went to work for two private investors on developing and creating a broad business investment portfolio. The range of projects included Cello Technologies, a high-end home theater, and automation technology company specializing in digital and audio development and home automation headquartered in Falls Church, VA with 10 locations across the US. Cello Studios, a full-service recording studio located in Hollywood, CA. Cello Recordings, an independent record company with distribution through Warner Brothers Records based in Los Angeles, CA and London UK. Fairview Park Investments, a 4 million square foot office park build out located in Falls Church, VA. Cello Restaurant, a four star restaurant in Manhattan’s upper East side featuring now Celebrity Chef Laurent Tourondel. Gianni Campana, a luxury Milanese men’s fashion house. Currently, Poole continues to work as Chief of Staff and has marketing and business development responsibilities for commercial real estate holdings as well as two award-winning restaurants in the D.C. area.
Poole has spent the past ten years balancing caregiving responsibilities for her parents, her career, and raising two boys with her husband Leslie in McLean, Virginia. An only child, Poole was the sole caretaker for her father through Hospice in 2008, and her mother started showing signs of Alzheimer’s not long after his death. Poole spent years caring for her mother remotely and used every holiday and vacation opportunity communiting with her family to Champaign Illinois to care for her mother personally. The decision was made to move mom into their home in McLean, Virginia where Sara and her family supported and cared for her mom through the final stages of Alzheimer’s. The battle with the disease came to an end in June of 2015. After her mother’s death, Poole launched an advocacy platform for caretaking youths called ‘A Little Bit of Happy.’ The primary mission of the website is to identify, support, and reward children who are caregivers in the United States. It was during the research and planning phases of building the advocacy platform that Sara connected with the AAYC and others interested in similar and complimentary goals.