Florida State Director
Sarah Couture is the Florida State Director, previously the Deputy Director, at the Fines and Fees Justice Center (FFJC). Sarah works with community organizations, legislators, and justice system stakeholders to advocate for and advance state and local campaigns for fines and fees reforms; and educates the public on fines and fees reform issues.
Before joining FFJC, Sarah was the Community Outreach Manager for Feeding Tampa Bay where she managed the SNAP Outreach Team that assisted clients with applying for SNAP benefits. Prior to joining Feeding Tampa Bay, Sarah was an employee of the State of Florida Courts System for over six years.
She began her career as a case manager for family law self-represented litigants in the 13th Judicial Circuit. She next served as the paralegal to the Legal Department of the 13th Judicial Circuit where she worked with and assisted staff attorneys, general counsel and judges. In her last position with the Florida Courts System, Sarah was a Court Operations Manager with the 5th Judicial Circuit assigned specifically to Hernando County.
Sarah was an active member of the National Association for Court Management and previously served as a Director on the Board of Directors until leaving the court system.
Sarah holds a Master’s in Judicial Administration from Michigan State University, an Advanced Technical Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Hillsborough Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University.