Sara Torres grew up in South Louisiana and attended the University of Louisiana Monroe, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Computer Information Systems. After graduating she moved to Texas, living in the Dallas area for a few years before moving to Austin. In Austin she met her husband and they welcomed a son in 2012, starting a small bookkeeping firm that began very part-time. During this time she volunteered her time for community and local nonprofits like the Austin Parks Foundation and Keep Austin Beautiful, leading volunteer workdays to remove invasive species and litter from parks and waterways. She also served on the Southeast Combined Neighborhood Plan Contact Team and was appointed to the City of Austin’s Task Force or Community Engagement, representing District 2.
It was a scholarship for the Urban Forest Tree Stewards and Habitat Stewards program from the Austin Parks Foundation that initially taught her about the importance of native plants. In 2017, she and her family moved to the Canyon Lake area, purchasing some land and building a small cabin on the hill amongst the native wildflowers. In 2018, she found her local Lindheimer Chapter of the Society and became a chapter board member not long after, serving as Treasurer. In October 2020, she joined Society staff, as the State Accountant, supporting Chapter Treasurers statewide and consolidating financials. She is a tireless advocate for native plants in her community and finds working for the Native Plant Society of Texas to be the perfect intersection of her skills and passion.