Sara Mooney

Regional Affairs Director
Los Angeles Office

Why I Do What I Do:

“Because all students deserve an inspiring and empowering education experience, and we have a long way to go until that happens.”

Alma Mater(s): Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.); Occidental College (B.A.)

Your role in one sentence: I have the privilege of organizing our incredible network of student and community centered partners across the state to ensure that our hard-fought policy reforms are being implemented at the local level with fidelity.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…boxing, yoga-ing, making to-do lists, or eating.

If not higher education then what cause? Racial and fiscal equity in K-12 public systems

Formal Bio:

Sara Mooney has a successful track record of supporting local organizing efforts that impact organizational and system-level policy. She has a deep belief that lived experiences of students and families should be central to influencing policy change.

Prior to joining the Campaign, Sara received her Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time there, she facilitated professional development sessions for turnaround school leaders, participated in state advocacy efforts for trauma-informed schools, and consulted with two major urban school districts.

Before her graduate studies, Sara led the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) Coalition at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The Coalition, made up of student and family-centered partners in the Los Angeles Unified area, successfully campaigned for the historic “Close the Gap by 2023” resolution, which ensures that district goals, budgets, and staffing assignments are aligned to ensure high-need students graduate college ready. Under her leadership, the Coalition also raised graduation requirements with the “Equity in A-G” resolution, advocated for $300M+ in District monies to be allocated to high-need schools, authored major analyses on budget policy implementation, and developed tools for parents to engage effectively in local budget decisions. Sara is incredibly grateful for the influence that local high schoolers, parents, and community leaders had in these efforts.

Before of her almost five years at the United Way, Sara led community outreach efforts in the Jordan Downs public housing site in Watts, CA. At Occidental College, she served as an intergroup dialogue facilitator and a student advocate for survivors of sexual assault.