Sarah E. Hunt is the co-founder and CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, a post-partisan 501(c)3 public policy research organization and leadership community of women, minorities, and mavericks, named after Joseph Rainey, a former slave who was the first African-American to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
Sarah's expertise is in clean energy and climate policy, intercultural political communication, and multi-jurisdiction issue advocacy. Her commentary on energy policy has appeared in Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Axios, E&E Newswire, and the Scientific American. Prior to co-founding the Rainey Center, Sarah launched clean energy and climate programs at the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Niskanen Center, respectively.
She began her career in politics as staff in the New Mexico and Oregon legislatures and formerly practiced political law at a boutique Oregon law firm. Sarah is the co-author of Oregon’s Ballot Measure 73, passed by popular referendum in 2010.
Sarah grew up homeschooled in Maryland and New Mexico with her eight younger siblings. Today, she volunteers her time as an advocate for the human rights of homeschool students. Her efforts to help young women escape abusive, fundamentalist homeschool circumstances was profiled by the Washington Post Magazine.
She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (BA), Willamette University College of Law (JD), Georgetown University Law Center (LLM), and the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management (MPS).