Sarah Grubbs

Head of Nashville & Managing Director at TrailRunner International

Sarah Grubbs is based in TrailRunner’s New York office. She advises clients on corporate positioning, international strategy and expansion (APAC and LatAm), crisis preparedness and response, reputation and change management, and high-stakes situations such as IPOs, M&A transactions, regulatory issues, and executive leadership changes. Sarah works with a wide range of clients, including large international conglomerates, Fortune 500 companies, newly public companies, and start-ups.

Before joining TrailRunner, Sarah worked on the Public Affairs and Crisis team at global communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe (formerly Burson-Marsteller). While there, Sarah developed and executed award-winning communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies and NGOs facing issues and crises, including financial investigations, litigation, regulatory action, misconduct allegations, data breaches, and activist campaigns.

Sarah began her career in journalism, where she worked as a news writer for NBC San Diego, covering national and local stories. Before that, Sarah was a member of the NBC San Diego Investigative Reporting Team.

Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego (BBA, Marketing; minor, Communication Studies).



  • Head of Nashville & Managing Director

    Current role

  • Managing Director

    January, 2023

  • Director

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