SARAH E. HUNT

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

See Sarah Hunt's most recent work here. 
June 30, 2020
Rainey Center CEO Weighs in on New Democratic Climate Position

Rainey Center CEO, Sarah E. Hunt, spoke with UK’s the Guardian about the implications of the latest climate platform released by the House Democrats today noting the plan is a non starter for any serious conversation about climate that will lead to actionable policy shifts in the near future. Read the full article here.

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June 17, 2020
CEO Calls for the Immediate Establishment of Ethical Norms in Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The recent history of Trump, Kavanaugh, Bill Clinton, and Biden shows that the political weaponization of sexual misconduct allegations is now a fixture in our political process, further entrenching political polarization. The health of our democracy urgently requires the establishment of a formal body to create a victim-centric set of ethical norms and an independent […]

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April 18, 2020
Virginia’s elections must adapt to a COVID-19 world to maintain our democracy

CEO Sarah Hunt joins Inclusive Governance Fellow Stephen Cobb, Paul Reagan, and Ashley Taylor in an op-ed in The Richmond Times Dispatch to highlight that safeguarding elections and democratic processes is not a partisan issue — but a national priority. The right to vote is the bedrock of our democratic society, but without a functioning […]

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