Sarah Saavedra, photo courtesy of Saint Martin’s University

Sarah Saavedra, the financial audit manager and higher education program manager for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, has joined Lacey’s Saint Martin’s University as its new vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

Saavedra most recently worked as the financial audit manager and higher education program manager for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, where she supervised the $54 billion Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Washington State, performed outreach and presentations to higher education associations, and coordinated the audit efforts of all 34 community colleges and six four-year universities in the state. At the team level, she monitored the state teams’ expenditures, procured new audit services contracts with clients, ensured appropriate team-level budgets, served as final reviewer on state financial and compliance audit reports, and reviewed fraud investigations and citizen hotlines for Washington State, among other duties.

Prior to that, Saavedra served as an assistant audit manager for the local audit team of the Washington State Auditor’s Office. Her responsibilities included supervising staff on her audits; working on financial and compliance audits for Thurston County, the City of Lacey, City of Tumwater, Skamania County Public Utility District, and Port of Olympia; auditing local governments to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, internal policies, and governmental accounting standards; and resolving technical questions from clients.