Sarah Labadie, Senior Policy Associate

Sarah Labadie leads the organization's efforts to develop and promote policies that help adult and low-income students access and succeed in college. She is also an expert in online advocacy and grassroots organizing. Sarah joined the staff of Women Employed in 2008.

Labadie is experienced in online and grassroots advocacy, having spearheaded WE’s online Action Network and strengthened in both size and effect the Student Advocates for Success (SAS) initiative, our student organizing project that brings together community college students to advocate for increased education funding and financial aid. Leveraging the power of advocates and SAS, Labadie has been able to restore funding to the state’s need-based financial aid grant, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) and prevent further cuts.

Labadie is also an education policy expert, having researched and advocated for policies that help adult students access and complete postsecondary credentials and degrees, including leading efforts to increase the availability of need-based financial aid for low-income students. Labadie has worked with colleges, elected officials, and state agencies to implement these policies. In 2013, she helped craft guidelines for Illinois’ colleges and universities to use when advising at-risk students.

Prior to joining the Women Employed team, Sarah spent a year teaching first grade in Siguatepeque, Honduras. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Cornell University.

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