Meet Sara

Meet Sara

"I’ve dedicated my career to building a better, safer world. That means working with people from all backgrounds to find common ground and make progress for those who need it most."

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs proudly represents California’s 51st Congressional District – including the Cities of San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and the unincorporated communities of Spring Valley and La Presa. First elected in 2020, she is currently running for her third term.

Sara sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, and also on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee's Quality of Life Panel.

At 35, Sara is the youngest member of House leadership, where she directly advocates for San Diego in the rooms where decisions are made. She also gives San Diegans a voice on some of the most important issues facing the world today, as Co-Chair on the Protection of Civilians in Conflict Caucus, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, and as Vice Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, where she also serves as Co-Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

Sara served in policy positions at the U.S. State Department during the Obama Administration, UNICEF, and the United Nations, and as a Scholar in Residence at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. She was also proud to use her expertise to serve as a foreign policy advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign for president, and as the founding CEO of Project Connect, an education non-profit dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for students around the world by mapping and connecting schools to the Internet. Project Connect was so successful that it is now a flagship part of UNICEF’s work around the world.

Prior to Congress, Sara also served as the founding Chair of San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty. Since its inception in fall of 2018, San Diego for Every Child has grown into a broad coalition of groups working toward the goal of halving the experience of childhood poverty in San Diego County by 2030.

Sara grew up in our San Diego community and is a proud graduate 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.