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Sarah Gesiriech serves as Coordinator for the Faith to Action Initiative. She is also Principal of 127 Global Strategies, consulting on public policy and government relations with a primary focus on domestic and international child and family protection and education policy. She previously served as Director of Federal Relations for Casey Family Programs, a private foundation focused on U.S. child welfare. Sarah has worked in the field of child and family protection for more than 20 years. Sarah was a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council, informing child protection policy and program decisions, including child welfare, missing and exploited children, and domestic and international adoption policy. She served as Education Advisor to the Office of the First Lady at the U.S. Department of Education, acting as senior advisor and primary liaison for domestic and international education policy issues and events. She was also Director of the Department's International Affairs Office. Prior to that, she served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, assisting the Secretary and Deputy Secretary in policy development, oversight and approval of Department regulations for priority areas including child and family services and youth development, international HIV/AIDS, and trafficking in persons. Sarah also worked on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley on child welfare, health care, and foreign affairs policy. As senior staff on the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, she contributed to the development and release of a set of policy proposals to improve the U.S foster care system. As Associate Director for Grants/Communications at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, she administered foundation giving and policy development.