Sarah Flanagan

Government Relations Expert

As vice president for government relations and policy development, Sarah Flanagan heads the government relations staff of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She directs a comprehensive government relations effort, in coordination with related state associations, that focuses on issues of government regulation, student financial assistance, and tax policy.

During her tenure at NAICU, Sarah has been instrumental in a number of successful policy efforts, including securing sustained bipartisan political and funding support for the core federal student aid programs, creating new tax incentives for families to save and pay for college, and helping to ensure an appropriate balance between federal support for students and oversight of colleges and universities. Flanagan has an extensive background in higher education policy, education, and the federal government.

Before joining NAICU, she was the professional staff member for higher education on the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities under Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island, and the Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children, Families, Drugs, and Alcoholism under Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.

Sarah received her B.A. degree from Providence College and her MAT degree from Rhode Island College. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin University and Beacon College, and is a Trustee Emerita at Providence College.