Senior Vice President, Economic Development and International Engagement
Sarah Carabias-Rush co-leads economic development for the Dallas Regional Chamber and leads its international engagement initiative. She and her team are responsible for raising the region’s international and domestic profile; serving as primary points of contact for companies and site location consultants evaluating the Dallas Region for corporate relocation and expansion; and marketing the Region as a prime location for U.S. and North American headquarters and corporate facilities.
In addition to corporate recruitment, Sarah and her team also lead the efforts to attract international talent, improve the Dallas Region’s rankings as a top 20 global metro and support efforts to increase direct flights to the Region. Sarah is responsible for building and nurturing critical relationships to economic development and international engagement, including with regional and state economic development allies, partner organizations, and DRC board and executive committee members, Tomorrow Fund investors, members, and staff.
Sarah joined the DRC staff in September 2003, with increasing responsibility in the areas of economic development, technology and healthcare industry programming, and international marketing and business recruitment. She led the DRC’s efforts to recruit major corporate headquarters to the Dallas Region, including Toyota Motor North America, Hilti North America, ACTIVE Network, Omnitracs, and Kubota Tractor. She played a key role in recruiting operations for Uber, Panasonic, Louis Vuitton, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Telnorm, Hexaware Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kohl’s, and other well-known organizations to the region. Sarah has co-organized a multitude of successful missions abroad, garnering media attention, business-to-business connections for DRC members, speaking opportunities for regional political leaders, and economic development announcements. Sarah often speaks to public audiences and the media regarding key economic development and international issues and the DRC’s programs.
In 2015, Sarah and the economic development team were recognized by CoreNet for their role in the Toyota Motor North America headquarters project. In 2018, Sarah received the Alain Bellet Award from the French American Chamber of Commerce for deepening the business ties between the Dallas Region and France.
Sarah earned her B.A. in international studies, sociology, and Spanish from Austin College. She and her husband became proud parents in 2015.