Sara Baker is the legislative and policy director for the ACLU of Missouri. She is responsible for working with elected officials and community organizations on issues related to the rights of all Missourians. She is returning to her home state after serving as Special Projects Manager and Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Fellow at the Center for Democracy in the Americas in Washington D.C.
While at the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Sara provided research on the role of women in Cuba’s evolving economy and worked directly with high-level congressional delegations to the island.Her thesis, “Alternative Futures for the Civil Military Relationship in a Post-Castro Cuba,” was published on the Director of National Intelligence’s Virtual Americas Network, widely circulated in the White House, and led to an opportunity for Sara to brief the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Prior to her time in D.C., Sara instructed and organized students in the Global Citizenship Program at Washington University in St. Louis. At WashU, she served as a policy fellow for the American Association of University Women, where she advocated for legislation to curb sexual assault on campus and in favor of equal pay. Outside of academia, Sara worked with the International Institute in Saint Louis to resettle refugees and help them access state and federal benefits.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies and Spanish, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs, both from Washington University in St. Louis.