Member Spotlight: Sarah Jane

Sarah Jane Silverman

Name: Sarah Jane Silverman (Dunaway)

League role/ position: External Communications Committee Co-Chair

Number of years in the Junior League: 7

Have you been a member of other junior leagues? Yes. My first four years were with Junior League of Seattle and one with the DC Junior League while living in Bethesda last year.

Tell us a little bit about where you work.

I am an account executive/copywriter for Borcz+Dixon. It’s a small advertising agency in the Annapolis area, so I wear many hats! I am also the creator/writer of the blog Clean & Proper where I write tips for cleaning, organizing, etiquette and Southern cooking recipes. Aside from those two things I am also a brand strategist and graphic designer. It’s safe to say I love all areas of  advertising and marketing.

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I was born in Seattle (and moved there after graduating from college), but my father was a naval officer (USNA) so I grew up all over the US. I’ve lived in San Diego, LA, Honolulu, Monterey, Jacksonville/Mayport, Newport, Falls Church and Boston. My mother is originally from Annapolis so in the eighth grade my family moved permanently to Annapolis. After college I moved to Seattle then returned back about four years later. I did live in Bethesda last year, but am now back in Annapolis for awhile!

Tell us a little about your educational background.

I graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with a B.A. in Communications with a focus on Advertising and Graphic Design.

Favorite hobbies?

I’ve always been an athlete and within the last several years have gotten back into ballet and dance, and have taken up long distance running and triathlons. I’m training for my first full marathon (Marine Corps Marathon) this fall and have added the Half Iron Man Vineman to my bucket list for the future. I used to be a competitive rower and tennis player, both of which I still enjoy. Other than that I love rock climbing, photography, painting and baking!

What about family?

In February (on Valentine’s Day!) I married my husband Jesse, who is originally from Southern California. We met at 49 West Cafe in Annapolis while I was visiting family and still living in Seattle. Several months later I moved back to Annapolis and we’ve been together ever since. My parents still live here in Annapolis too, and I have a younger sister who is headed off to Istanbul soon for a year.

Tell us something unique.

Now that I’m married, my name is officially Sarah Silverman (well, Sarah Jane Silverman). You’ll still see me using my maiden name though, for obvious reasons!

Being a member of Junior League inspires me . . . to never stop learning and never stop giving back.

Why do you love Junior League of Annapolis, Inc.?

All of the women in my family were members of Junior League, so I originally joined in Seattle because of the tradition. I quickly became a fan of the organization as a whole and its members alike. I have met so many inspirational women over the years and I love that we are all coming together for a common cause–to help others through volunteering. I also love the diversity of opportunities Junior League offers.