Sara Mayeux was born in Baton Rouge in 1975. After her parents divorced when she was two, Sara moved around the South with her mother and step-father. When she was sixteen, Sara returned to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University, graduated a semester early, moved to Texas to practice archaeology, then moved to Oakland, California, where she met her husband, Ernesto. In 2002, Sara and her husband moved to New Orleans to be closer to family. At the time of Hurricane Katrina, Sara worked as an administrative manager at UBS Financial Services and co-owns Café Luna coffeehouse in New Orleans with her husband. She is active in Hadassah and was on the board before Katrina.
Sara talks about her family life growing up. Her parents divorced when she was two, and she has lived in many cities throughout the South. Her grandparents were in New Orleans, and her father was in Baton Rouge, so Sara often visited in the summers. She remembers her experiences at Camp Jacob in the summers. Sara graduated from Louisiana State University and went first to Texas and then to California, where she met Ernest, her husband. She describes their courtship, wedding at the Bourbon Orleans, and attending synagogue together in San Francisco. She talks about their decision to move to New Orleans and working in the financial services industry while Ernesto opened and operated a coffee shop, Cafe Luna. Sara became a resource for her coworkers following Hurricane Katrina, helping evacuees and serving as an informal grief counselor to many people. Sara explains that she was much more involved with the Jewish community before the storm but now is prioritizing time with friends and family. Cafe Luna became a gathering hub for returning young people to the city, and Sara remembers a line out the door for the first few days they reopened after the storm. Finally, Sara reflects on her role in the community and her involvement with Hadassah and the Jewish Federation, which has invited her to join their long-range planning committee. Helping the city and the Jewish community in the recovery is a high priority for Sara.