Sara Singleton is a principal based in Washington, D.C. Sara is an advisor to the National Alliance to impact the Social Determinants of Health (NASDOH) and advises clients throughout the health care sector on federal health care policy issues including research and drug development, public health, and the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Sara was a Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation’s strategy for engagement with Congress and executive branch agencies and directed the Foundation’s policy agenda to support medical research, drug discovery and development and adequate insurance coverage.
Prior to that, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she served as the department’s liaison to Congress and as an advisor to the Secretary on legislative matters affecting the department. She played a leading role in the department’s work on the 21st Century Cures Act, development of the opioids initiative, and securing supplemental funding from Congress to fight the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and Zika virus in 2016.
Sara has significant experience on Capitol Hill, through her roles as a Policy Advisor with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), and as a Public Health Policy Fellow on the HELP Committee under Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Sara has also held positions in grants management at Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health.
She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.