As Director of Business Development at World Business Chicago (WBC), Sana is responsible for supporting businesses, driving economic growth, job creation, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Sana works with companies considering a new business location or expansion project in Chicago. With an emphasis on the technology sector, her role is to guide companies through the process from start to finish by providing market information and data outlining Chicago’s competitive advantages for business, offering advice on sites and incentive programs, playing a liaison role to all levels of government, and providing other business development assistance.
Sana has more than a decade of experience working across the government, private, and non-profit sectors to develop partnerships and identify innovative solutions to achieve concrete outcomes. From 2009 to 2017 Sana served as a Presidential Political Appointee under the Obama Administration at the White House and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Prior to joining WBC, Sana was a Senior Peacebuilding and Conflict Advisor at USAID’s office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. She identified priorities for engagements in the Asia region, promoted cutting-edge conflict programming, and provided technical, operational and training support for development programs globally. She also served as an advisor to ambassadors, senior U.S. officials and the Military Pacific Command throughout the region.
Previously, Sana served as the Director of Strategic Planning for USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah where she led reviews of agency priorities, key initiatives, and developed outreach strategies. She worked with the executive team to develop a system for decision-making and auditing time allocation against strategic priorities.
Prior to this role, Sana was the Special Assistant for USAID’s Bureau of Asian Affairs. She provided strategic, political, technical, and management support for the development agenda in Asia and collaborated with government agencies and private industry to promote policy priorities.
Sana began her DC career at the White House, Office of Presidential Correspondence. In that capacity, she served on the leadership team that designed and implemented the Presidential correspondence plan.
In here previous role, Sana worked in the United States Senate for then-Senator Obama for two years in constituent services and outreach. Her focus was on international affairs, homeland security, immigration, veteran issues and health care. Sana also worked on President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in various capacities. Early on in her career she worked with the United Nations as a program manager in Islamabad, Pakistan. She also worked as a sales manager for Marshall Field & Company (now Macy’s) where she managed eight departments, thirty employees and over $20 million in merchandise.
Sana received her bachelor’s degree in public policy and marketing from Indiana University, Bloomington. A Chicago native, Sana spent 10 years in DC and returned to Chicago in July 2018 with her family.