With over a decade of experience running successful political campaigns, Sarah Nelson has held leadership positions in competitive races at every level ranging from state legislature to presidential. Throughout her career, she has managed all elements of campaigns including grassroots field operations, communications and fundraising as well as messaging and strategy development. She has been involved in and managed races for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Governor and Lt. Governor as well as campaigns for state legislature, local government and statewide ballot initiatives.
Most recently in the 2016 cycle, Sarah served as a Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee. In this role she oversaw all political and field operations in the Northeast region, including in the key presidential and U.S. Senate battle ground state of Pennsylvania, which saw the first victory in the state for a Republican presidential candidate in 28 years.
Sarah has worked on a number of presidential campaigns including serving as deputy political director for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign, a role that involved building and managing political operations in all 50 states. In 2012, Sarah was the Romney for President State Director of Nevada and a regional political director, where she oversaw campaign activities in 17 west and mid-west states. Previously, she served as deputy political director for Meg Whitman’s 2010 campaign for governor of California.
Throughout her career, Sarah has guided both political and corporate clients toward successful campaign goals. She has overseen public affairs efforts for entities ranging from Fortune 500 companies and technology startups to healthcare, education and energy groups. In this capacity she was responsible for developing communication strategies, coalitions, political outreach efforts, rapid response plans and marketing campaigns.
Sarah was born and raised in Southeastern, Idaho. She studied journalism and political science at Brigham Young University.