Sarah Bolton brings years of federal- and state-level domestic and international policy experience with a focus on equity and improving the well-being of children and families to her role as a principal in The Raben Group’s Government Affairs practice area.
Before joining Raben, Sarah served as the policy director for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. In this role, she advised the governor on the full range of domestic public policy issues including education, climate change, criminal justice, and more.
In 2017, she was selected to be an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy. During her time in New Zealand, she provided recommendations to strengthen educational equity for the country’s indigenous and immigrant students. A number of her recommendations have since been enacted by the New Zealand government.
Sarah formerly served as the education policy director for the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In this capacity, she was the top advisor to Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and members of the committee on early childhood, elementary and secondary, and higher education issues, including leading the development of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Prior to her time with the HELP Committee, Sarah was a senior budget and policy advisor for the Senate Budget Committee, guiding the committee’s work on issues related to education, poverty, and nutrition. She also served on Senator Murray’s personal staff.
Sarah is a native of North Carolina, is a proud public school graduate with degrees from Appalachian State University and the University of South Carolina, and is an avid reader and hiker.