Sarah is not only the Executive Director of Emerge Maine, but is also a graduate of the program (Class of 2017) and can attest both to its effectiveness (she has run a successful campaign to become a school board member) and to its ability to change lives.
Her first true campaign job was as State Finance Director with Shenna Bellows for U.S. Senate in 2014. Shenna is an Emerge alumna and her campaign manager for race, Katie Mae Simpson, stepped down directly as Emerge Maine’s Director to run Shenna’s campaign. These two powerhouses believed that women (including mothers of young children!) could handle the rigors of campaign life by “working smarter, not harder.” Sarah credits them and the Emerge program for a sense of belonging and empowerment in Maine state politics.
Some of Sarah’s other political experience includes fundraising and organizing for the 2016 gun background check ballot initiative, the Hillary for America campaign, Brownie Carson’s State Senate campaign and serving on the RSU 5 school board. She also managed two statewide advocacy campaigns through Maine Equal Justice Partners, which is working to ensure that Medicaid and SNAP (aka food stamps) aren’t gutted through a block grant funding structure by our federal delegation. She is a graduate of the Yale Women’s Campaign School Class of 2018.
She lives in Freeport with her two young children, her wicked sharp husband journalist/author Colin Woodard and their stupidly cute and impossibly small Havanese, Cricket.
She is energized by the women of Emerge and thinks she pretty much has the perfect job… and a half.