Sage Schaftel serves as Assistant Executive Director of the Early Care and Education Consortium. She helps develop the organization’s long-term strategic plan, and works closely with ECEC leadership to drive federal and state strategies across the finish line.

Since joining the organization, Sage has worked to foster relationships between child care providers and political stakeholders, from members of Congress and administration officials to grassroots and grasstops leaders. As ECEC grows, Sage remains dedicated to keeping members informed of the latest political developments in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. When an issue or opportunity is identified requiring engagement in a local, state or federal policy arena, Sage works quickly to mobilize the organization and mount an appropriate response. She drafts comments letters and op-eds articulating ECEC’s position and develops talking points and messaging materials that present a unified voice.

In addition to her work for ECEC, Sage serves as a Policy Advisor in the government relations department of law and lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. She provides the firm’s health care, labor, tax and education clients with insightful research and analysis, project management, and legislative and regulatory tracking. Prior to joining Brownstein, Sage spent two years working with former Governor Hickenlooper’s Legal Counsel and Office of Boards and Commissions and served as a policy intern at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition while completing her Master’s in Public Policy at Georgetown University.