Radha Mohan

Executive Director

Radha Mohan, a Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, designs legislative and regulatory strategies in areas related to tax, health care, education and immigration for a diverse set of clients that includes public and private corporations, trade associations, coalitions, health insurers and nonprofits.

Radha focuses on representing clients' interests before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Congress and has experience working with matters involving the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. Radha is also an attorney with an L.L.M. in tax law.

Radha’s career has also provided her with expertise in issues related to incentivizing worker retraining and education and redesigning benefits for gig-economy workers. She has drafted policy solutions related to worker reclassification, tax incentives for worker training, new benefits models for freelance workers and student debt reduction.

Sage Schaftel

Assistant Executive Director

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.

Jacob Stewart

Director of State Government Relations

Jacob leads the state government relations practice of the Early Care and Education Consortium, deploying advocacy strategies and in-state grassroots campaigns on behalf of the coalition. He works closely with ECEC members to align their interests into a synchronized approach for engagement and coordinates on-the-ground advocacy efforts in statehouses across the country. As key debates on education policy unfold in political arenas, Jacob can be found at their epicenter, advocating for the needs of early care providers.

Before joining ECEC, Jacob served as manager of policy and governmental affairs at a leading non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated to providing children with access to early learning programs. In this role, Jacob served as project manager for a foundation grant regarding Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) implementation and led the creation of a 50-state report on the impact of increased CCDBG funding. He also tracked and analyzed federal and state policy developments in a continually-evolving education landscape. When opportunities arose to advance the interests of aligned parents, student and providers, Jacob engaged state legislatures and Congress on child care and early learning policy.

Prior, Jacob served as a staff assistant to Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), where he provided frontline communication to constituents and wrote letters, evidence summaries and memos on education and foreign policy issues. Before arriving in Washington, Jacob served as a policy analyst for the United Nations Development Program in Amman, Jordan and as a Teach For America corps member advisor in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent the first three years of his career as a secondary math teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Gallup, New Mexico.