Sara Outterson, Senior Federal Legislative Counsel


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Sara Outterson joined the Center in 2018 and is responsible for leading much of the Center’s federal legislative work.

Sara was previously with the Office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, where she was Deputy Chief of Staff and Washington Director. In this role, Sara managed the Congresswoman’s legislative team and advised the Congresswoman on a wide range of issues, including health, military women’s issues, education, labor, and tax. Sara also served as the lead staffer for the bipartisan Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus.  During her time in the Tsongas office Sara helped draft and enact into law eight bills that provide support to survivors of military sexual assault.  She also led efforts to require that the Army to develop a comprehensive breastfeeding policy.  Sara first joined Congresswoman Tsongas’ office as legislative assistant, and also served as the Congresswoman’s legislative counsel. Prior to that, she was a legislative assistant with Congressman Robert Andrews. She also worked for the Federal Defender of Philadelphia, and served as a law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Sara received her law degree from William and Mary School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University, where she graduated magna cum laude.