Sarah Goldfeder is a government relations and strategic policy professional with experience in both government and the private sector. She provides high-level insight on the strategies of engagement with both the U.S. and Canadian governments, including how the two countries work together on important issues.
Over the past fifteen years, she has worked on issues pertaining to the North American trilateral relationship. Her focus has been developing a strategic vision for North America is a critical component of foreign and economic policy for all three governments.
For five years, Sarah was a Principal at the Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Ottawa. In this capacity, she advised organizations on how government works, the players and relationships involved in decision-making and the political and policy context in which decisions will be made. As one of a team of Principals at one of the oldest consulting firms in Ottawa, she provided support for the full range of government relations advice and servicing, including corporate reputation and issue management. She specializes in the North American political and economic environment, especially in the security and defense, natural resource, energy, manufacturing, and trade sectors.
Sarah has also served as Special Assistant to two U.S. Ambassadors to Canada, fostering bilateral relationships at the most senior levels. Her understanding of the interplay between state and federal governments complements her service within the U.S. federal bureaucracy. She has expertise in a wide range of policy issues, which has enabled her to provide practical short and long-term advice on managing the economic, cultural and political dynamics in North America.
Prior to her arrival in Ottawa, Sarah spent three years in Mexico as a Foreign Service Officer, cultivating a deep understanding of U.S./Mexico border issues and appreciation for a region revitalizing itself after years of violence and fear. She has also served in Southeast Asia, giving her a global perspective on North American policy development and an appreciation of the opportunities available both within and beyond the Western hemisphere.
Sarah is a North American nomad, with a father from Brooklyn, a mother from Chicago, and a life lived in eight states, six countries, and three continents. She calls the American West her home, having studied at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.