Sara Clements

Vice President, State Government Relations

Tallahassee, FL

+1 850 727 5000

BIO

Sara has more than a decade of experience in education policy and government affairs, starting as a K-12 public school teacher. She thrives on helping clients achieve complex and challenging goals and has become a respected and trusted voice for education policy issues in Tallahassee.

Sara joined McGuireWoods Consulting in 2018 after six years of leading government affairs for nonprofits in Florida. Prior to MWC, Sara led external and legislative affairs for Step Up For Students, the largest K-12 scholarship funding organization in the nation. Before that, she was the Florida Legislative Affairs Director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. In addition to education, Sara has experience in the areas of child welfare, criminal justice, juvenile justice, healthcare, insurance, and more.

In 2011, while still in the classroom, Sara was nominated for Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year award. By 2014, Sara was named one of “30 Under 30 Rising Stars” by Florida Politics, the state’s predominant political news site.

Sara received her bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of North Florida in 2007 and her master’s degree in Education Policy and Evaluation from Florida State University in 2014.

Sara is a member of Leadership Florida, the American Enterprise Institute’s State Leadership Network, and co-founder of Lean In Tallahassee. In her spare time, she volunteers as a guardian ad litem in Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit and fosters dogs through a local animal rescue organization. Sara lives in Tallahassee with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog.

EXPERIENCE

Represented one of the nation’s largest and most influential education advocacy organizations in the state of Florida, on issues such as standards and assessments, school accountability, teacher quality, educational choice, early literacy, competency-based learning, and more.

Helped pass and implement the largest and most flexible education savings account in the nation, and expand it four years in a row.

Lead efforts to dramatically reform the individualized education plan (IEP) process in Florida as it pertains to decisions on standards and graduation, resulting in the most parent-friendly law in the nation at the time.

AFFILIATIONS

Volunteer, Guardian ad Litem Program-Second Judicial Circuit

Alumni, Connect Florida Class VI, part of the Leadership Florida network

Member, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) State Leadership Network

Member, James Madison Institute Board of Advisors, Tallahassee

Founder and Chair, Annual Red Dog Blue Dog Celebrity Bartender Benefit

Co-founder, Lean In Tallahassee

Volunteer, Last Hope Rescue

Sara Clements