Senior Policy and Advocacy Director
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 Senior Policy Director for the Campaign for College Opportunity, Sara helps lead the Campaign’s state policy and advocacy agenda to ensure students access and succeed in higher education. In this capacity, she has spearheaded efforts to create clearer paths and more equitable outcomes for tens of thousands of community college students across the state. Prior to her work at the Campaign, she served as a Legislative Aide to Assemblymember Das Williams 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. In this role, she managed ambitious community college legislation to boost student completion. 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, is a graduate of the Leadership Women Pipeline and Rockwood Leadership Institute programs and enjoys volunteering locally to assist high school students and families in accessing financial aid in order to achieve their dreams of higher education.
She is currently a 2017 Fellow with the 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.