Sasha’s focuses on policy advocacy, stakeholder and coalition management, and digital messaging and organizing on technology policy. She has earned the respect of decision-makers in Congress and the administration for her smart and savvy approach to policy.
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Fellow, Internet Law and Policy Foundry
Visting Fellow, National Security Institute
Washington, D.C. Board, Women in Security and Privacy
Master of Laws, The George Washington University Law School
Bachelor of Laws, The School of Law at the University of Glasgow
Master's, University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Arts, The George Washington University
1. What spurred your move to D.C. to work in public policy?
I love thinking big. Nothing makes me happier than spinning up a big idea and seeing if even one thread can be drawn out for a real policy reform. I also enjoy working with others, building coalitions, and finding common ground with diverse stakeholders. Public policy provides me the ability to do what I love most.
2. What has been your proudest moment in your career?
This is a tough one! It’s a toss-up between being on the core team to make Congressional Research Service reports publicly available and winning the passage of the OPEN Government Data Act, which I helped draft and introduce when I worked in the House of Representatives.
3. What is your desert island five-song playlist?
Tupelo (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Starman (David Bowie), Hustlin’ (Rick Ross), Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash), and Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley).
4. Favorite book?
Don’t make me answer this! I have a bachelor’s in English literature and a master’s in Victorian literature. This isn’t fair!
5. Favorite movie?
6. Five people everyone should follow on Twitter?
In no particular order:
7. If you were not working in advocacy, what would you be doing?
I’d likely be working at a law firm in Edinburgh, London, or Brussels.
8. What is your least favorite thing about your job?
I often get frustrated by certain individuals, groups, and policymakers who are unwilling to compromise. As the old saying goes, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” And I deeply believe in this. However, some will tell you the sky is green, even if you explain why it’s blue. Why don’t we just meet in the middle with the delightful shade of teal?
9. Coffee, tea, or neither?
Coffee, but I’m a snob about it.
10. Sparkling or still?
Sparkling! I’m from South Florida, the land of LaCroix.
11. What is your favorite hobby when you are away from the office?
I love traveling. Any opportunity I get, even if it is just for a three-day holiday weekend, I am somewhere new.
12. What is the one piece of advice you have for people who want to work in advocacy?
Simple is best. While it may be tempting to show off by using complex sentence structure and four-syllable words, if you cannot explain your position in an easy, relatable manner, it does not matter.