Sarah E. Aghassi, Esq.
General Manager / Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
County of San Diego
Sarah Aghassi serves as the General Manager / Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for San Diego County’s Land Use and Environment Group. LUEG is comprised of the Departments of Public Works; Environmental Health; Planning & Development Services; Parks and Recreation; Agriculture, Weights and Measures; Air Pollution Control District; and the Farm and Home Advisor. The departments have a combined workforce of nearly 1500 and an annual operating budget of over $420 million.
Before appointment to her current position she served as the Director for the San Diego County Office of Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs where she managed the legislative program and policy issues on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and responded to state and federal legislation that impact the operations, fiscal stability and programs and services of the county. Sarah was also the County of San Diego’s liaison for the American Recovery Act projects, managing over $118 million in federal economic stimulus funds awarded to the County. Prior to joining the County, Sarah was Director of Public Policy for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where she advocated on behalf of the business community at local, state and federal levels.
Sarah is a licensed attorney in the state of California. She earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.