Why I Do What I Do:
“I want every student to have access to the same opportunity that I did.”
Alma Mater(s): University of California, Santa Barbara
Your role in one sentence: Advancing the Campaign’s policy priorities at the statewide level.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…making a mess in the kitchen, trying new recipes (:
If not higher education then what cause? Fighting to end hunger and improving access to healthy food for all communities.
Sara’s passion for higher education attainment was first instilled in her by parents whose dream it was to see their daughters go to college. It was after her own college experience and completing an internship in the State’s capitol that she became interested in working to promote policies that help ensure all students have access to affordable public higher education.
As the Policy Director for the Campaign for College Opportunity, Sara manages the Campaign’s advocacy and policy agenda to ensure access to and student success in higher education. Prior to her work at the Campaign, Sara was a Legislative Aide to Assemblymember Das Williams (AD 37 – Santa Barbara) between 2011-2015 where she was responsible for staffing multiple policy areas including K-12 and higher education, managing bills through the legislative process, and served as a staff liaison for the Assembly Higher Education Committee during his chairmanship. Sara’s experience also includes working on various political campaigns and fundraising in the non-profit sector. She is an alumnus of the University of California Center Sacramento policy program, continues to volunteer on political campaigns, and volunteers with the Sacramento Cash for College program to help high school students fill out their financial aid forms and realize their college dreams.
She was recently selected as part of the 2017 Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute, a statewide leadership program specifically designed for professional Latinas in California. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double-major in Communications and English.