Sep 10, 2018
Sara Clements Joins McGuireWoods Consulting Florida Government Affairs Team, National Education Team
TALLAHASSEE – McGuireWoods Consulting is proud to announce that Sara Clements has joined its Florida Government Affairs and National Education teams as a vice president. She is resident in the firm’s Tallahassee office.
A respected and trusted voice for education policy issues in Tallahassee, Ms. Clements has led external and legislative affairs for Step Up For Students, the largest scholarship funding organization in the nation, and served as the Florida legislative affairs director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education/Excellence in Action, founded by Gov. Jeb Bush. In this role she lobbied for policies relating to standards and assessments, school accountability, teacher quality, educational choice, early literacy, competency-based learning, and more.
“Sara’s depth of experience advocating on behalf of students, teachers and Florida’s public education system and extensive knowledge of education policy issues in our state brings welcomed breadth to our team,” said Sean Stafford, senior vice president and director of McGuireWoods Consulting Florida Government Affairs team. “Strong public education programs are critical to the success of our communities, and we are excited to partner with legislative and regulatory decision-makers on issues directly affecting our youth.”
Prior to working inside the Capitol, Ms. Clements taught English/Language Arts and reading for four years in a Title I public school in Orlando and a K-12 charter school in Tallahassee. She has been named a “30 Under 30 Rising Stars in Florida Politics” by Florida Politics, a statewide political news site, and in 2011, she was nominated for Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
“We are excited to have Sara join our firm’s national education practice as well,” said Laura Fornash, senior vice president. “The relationships that Sara has established through her teaching career and as government affairs professional speak to her credibility and influence on issues that shape our country’s public education systems.”
A graduate of Florida State University, M.S. in Education Policy and Evaluation, and University of North Florida, B.A. in English Education, Ms. Clements volunteers with the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, and is member of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) State Leadership Network and James Madison Institute Board of Advisors, Tallahassee region.