Co-founder and CEO

Sarah E. Hunt is a leader in conservative clean energy policy and a successful social entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, she leads public policy research and leadership development programs by and for women, minorities, and mavericks.

Prior to founding the Rainey Center, Hunt launched a clean energy program at the American Legislative Exchange Council and a climate change program at the Niskanen Center. Early in her career she served as Manager, State Issues and Ethics Officer at the consulting firm Stateside Associates and practiced political law at a boutique law firm in the Pacific Northwest.

Her commentary on energy policy is regularly sought by publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, E&E Newswire, The Guardian, Axios, and the Scientific American. A volunteer advocate for children’s rights, Ms. Hunt’s efforts to help young women escape abusive homeschool environments were profiled by the Washington Post Magazine.

She holds a BA in political science from the University of New Mexico, a JD from Willamette University College of Law, an LLM in international environmental law from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MPS in global advocacy from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. She is admitted to the bar in Washington, DC, Oregon, and the 9th Circuit.

Recent Posts

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September 16, 2020
CEO Hunt Talks Bi-Partisn Support for Environmental Justice Policy with Bloomberg Law

Excerpt from Virginia Seeks Agencies’ 'Lasting’ Environmental Justice PolicyPublished on September 15, 2020 in Bloomberg Law ‘This Is About Framing’ Sarah Hunt, who backs conservative energy and climate solutions as CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, said Republicans across many states could support at least some policies—typically those that provide disadvantaged communities more participation in […]

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August 13, 2020
CEO Hunt gives insight on sustainable energy future and COVID-19 in Bloomberg Law

As America faces a Covid-19 resurgence this summer, our energy industry continues to provide needed supplies like hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and gowns for the pandemic. Sarah E. Hunt, CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, says recent reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act will empower the U.S., working with the energy industry, to swiftly rebuild the economy and combat climate change with sustainable infrastructure.

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July 14, 2020
Bloomberg Law Writes Climate Criminal Prosecution with CEO Hunt

Bloomberg Law sat down with Sarah to chat about the criminal prosecution component of Joe Biden's climate plan. She noted: "Environmental crime victims do not need a new ‘climate crimes’ prosecution unit. They need robust enforcement of the federal Crime Victims’ Right Act during criminal environmental prosecutions.”

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