Sarah Abernathy


Sarah Abernathy joined the American Continental Group in 2016 primarily to serve as Deputy Director of the Committee for Education Funding.  She has close to 30 years of experience working on education and budget issues in both Congress and in the Administration, including at the Department of Education, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

For the previous 18 years Sarah worked on the House Budget Committee Democratic staff, most recently serving as Senior Policy Coordinator focusing on budget issues relating to education, social services, and job training as well as environmental issues.  She helped lead and manage the staff to develop goals and policy, including budget legislation.  As the education staffer, she was responsible for collaborating with a range of stakeholders including the Administration, the advocacy community, the Congressional Budget Office, and Members of Congress to create and analyze budget options and craft strategies for their successful adoption.  She developed special expertise in student financial aid policy, appropriations analysis, and budget process.  Earlier in her career she spent 6 years as a legislative assistant for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Moody (D-WI).

From 1994-1998 Sarah worked at the U.S. Department of Education in the Planning and Evaluation Service where she focused on rehabilitation services and adult and vocational education issues.  During that time, she was detailed to the Office of Management and Budget’s education branch where she supervised policy and budgets for special education and vocational rehabilitation.  She was also detailed to the Health and Human Services’ regional office in San Francisco where she worked on child care and Head Start programs. 

Sarah graduated from Williams College and also earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.