Sara Garofalo Linder

Sara Garofalo Linder

Senior Policy Specialist*

Sara Linder works with clients to develop and implement their governmental relations strategies. Ms. Linder has experience representing trade associations, public, non-profit and private organizations, and foreign sovereigns. Ms. Linder's work portfolio has focused on a range of defense, veterans, education and healthcare policy matters. She assists clients in raising their profile on Capitol Hill and providing analysis on federal legislative and regulatory policy developments. Ms. Linder also helps clients navigate the appropriations processes, by identifying funding or policy opportunities, and develop strategies to support her clients' priorities.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Linder was an associate at a boutique lobbying firm, where she represented clients in the energy, telecommunications, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. She also brings campaign experience having worked as a fundraiser and field operative on various senatorial and congressional campaigns. In 2012, Ms. Linder served as a finance assistant at a fundraising consultant firm, representing House and Senate members and leadership Political Action Committees.

Ms. Linder received her BA from Miami University of Ohio and a MPP at the George Washington University.


  • Research institute in successfully securing a $21 million increase in appropriations to support post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research, which had been proposed for a multi-million funding cut in the president's budget.
  • Trade Association in authoring and securing the inclusion of appropriations report language on federal research funding and aging veterans.
  • Top-tier nonprofit global management school alumni association in successfully representing it before the Department of Education in opposing a merger with a major for profit education corporation.
  • Foreign government in securing the passage of legislation signed into law to provide a technical correction to REAL ID Act to remedy legal restrictions on access to long-term driver’s licenses for citizens of Freely Associated States residing in the US.
  • Foreign government in securing appropriations language on veterans' healthcare access issues under the Foreign Medical Program.
  • Top research university in securing legislative language in the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law, authorizing a new public-private partnership pilot program to address food insecurity.
  • One of the nation's largest community colleges in providing strategic counsel and advising on legislation incorporated into the FY 2018 and FY 2019 Labor-HHS appropriations bill as an open textbook pilot.
  • Large trade association in representation on legislative and regulatory issues relating to compliance under the Drug Quality and Security Act and state pharmacy practice laws.
  • Research institute in securing language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to expand the DOD's traumatic brain injury research portfolio.
  • Large trade association in drafting regulatory comments in connection with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Large research university in successfully securing an $8.5 million dollar authorization for a new Veterans Affairs clinic.


Amplifying Your Voice: Profile Building and Thought Leadership in the 116th Congress
Speaker, Texas Hunger Initiative Together at the Table Hunger Summit at Baylor University, Waco, TX
Profile Building in Advocacy: How to Play Your Trump Card
Arnold & Porter's Insights for Nonprofit Organizations, Washington, DC
The Higher Education Act Reauthorization: The Top 10 Policy Issues Congress is Facing
Amplifying the Urban and Metropolitan Voice in Washington and Beyond: How to Play Your Trump Card
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference, Denver, CO
Checkmate? Navigating Tax Reform in a Trump DC
BDO 2017 Nonprofit Summit, Washington, DC


  • BA, Political Science and History, Miami University of Ohio, 2010
  • MPP, The George Washington University, 2018
  • *Not admitted to the practice of law
  • Member, Women in Government Relations

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