Sarah Hassmer works on the Center’s agenda to advocate for policies to increase economic security for low-income women, children, and families. Her current portfolio includes federal and state tax policies, federal anti-poverty programs such as food and housing assistance, and the 2020 Census. As part of this work, Sarah works on elevating intersectional issues experienced by low-income women of color, LGBTQ women, disabled women, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Prior to NWLC, she worked for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for over six years. While at OPM, she helped create a new government program, the LAB @ OPM, focused on using human centered design to design policies, programs, and experiences responsive to people’s needs through an iterative process involving participatory research, problem framing, prototyping, testing, and refining. She also helped form the OPM Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group and served as a Co-Chair for over three years. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center’s part-time program in 2017.