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A third-generation San Diegan, Sara Jacobs has dedicated her career to fighting for the most vulnerable people by making institutions and policy fairer and more equitable, and finding innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems.

Sara is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. In addition to her work at the Kroc Institute, Sara has dedicated much of her time and energy to electing a new generation of leaders — women, young people, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented communities. She also serves on the board of Equality California and the Run for Something Powerhouse Committee, and as a member of Columbia University’s Data and Society Council.

Sara has served in policy positions at the U.S. State Department during the Obama Administration, UNICEF, and the United Nations. She was also proud to use her expertise to serve as a policy advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign for president, including on issues of public health and pandemic prevention and response.

Sara believes in harnessing the power of technology to solve big problems and has always been especially committed to fighting for the causes of children. Sara served as the founding CEO of Project Connect, an education non-profit dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for students around the world. Sara and her team worked to map every school in the world with the goal of connecting them all to the Internet — giving every child on the planet equal access to information and the tools they need to succeed. The project was so successful that it is now a flagship part of UNICEF’s work around the world.

Sara grew up in our San Diego community and is a proud alumna of the San Diego public school system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of International Affairs degree in International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution, both from Columbia University.


I’m running for Congress because I believe we don’t have to settle for the way things have always been done.

This is an all-hands-on-deck time. Our country is at a defining moment, and I believe it's more important than ever to have representatives who understand the federal government, can repair what’s been broken by the Trump Administration and years of dysfunction in Washington, and who have a forward-looking vision for a more equitable future.

We need a new generation of leadership — leaders who represent our values, not career politicians just looking for the next step up.

Like many women running all across the country, this isn’t the path I had envisioned for myself. But this is the path that this moment demands. Because our future depends on it.

Our economy is changing incredibly rapidly, and an unfair and unequal system is giving incredible opportunities to some, while leaving so many others behind. We know that families here in San Diego are struggling to afford health care, housing, and college.

With everything in Washington feeling so broken, we have an opportunity to lead a movement for change here in San Diego. We can convince people that government can be a force for good in their lives, that they can trust institutions. But not when Congress fails to get things done. We need a government that is accountable, accessible, and transparent. We need members of Congress who work for our community instead of fighting for time in front of the camera. And we need leaders who can look at old problems and find new solutions. I’m ready to fight for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, and I won’t accept a dime of corporate PAC money — because San Diegans deserve a Congresswoman who doesn’t answer to anyone but them.

I went to public schools here in San Diego. And growing up here, I know that I’ve had opportunities that many others haven’t. I believe it is my responsibility to make our system fairer, which is why I’ve dedicated my life to public service and to ensuring that everyone has access to the opportunities that they deserve, regardless of where they live, what they look like, or who they love.

I want to serve the people of San Diego in Congress because I love my home. And I know, together, we can build the future we deserve.