Sarah Kowitz moved with her family to Hastings from New York in 2004 and has been involved with a number of community issues ever since. Born and educated in London, she graduated from the faculty of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in 1984 and then trained as a reporter at the Kent and Sussex Courier. She later worked in Hong Kong as the Education Editor of the Hong Kong Standard.

She is a member of the board of the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, the board of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and is Head Govenor of Ark Little Ridge School, Hastings.