A PROVEN LEADER
When Maryland’s most important institutions, businesses, and our communities have needed results, they’ve turned to Sarah Elfreth. She has spent her career engaged in some of Maryland’s most important battles: advocating for the Bay, strengthening our schools, and creating jobs. But throughout her efforts, she has never failed to put the voices of local residents first – serving as Vice President of her community association and as President of District 30 Democratic club, where she spearheaded an effort to expand grassroots outreach and activism throughout Anne Arundel County. She is a proven leader ready to fight for our families in the State House.
Growing up, Sarah learned to stand on the right side of history by following the example of her working class, union-member parents. She brought those lessons with her to the National Aquarium, where she fought for a better, more sustainable future for all Marylanders. Thanks to dogged determination and thoughtful advocacy, she was able to bring in more than $10 million in state and local funding which helped expand conservation education for thousands of Maryland’s students. She has also been a leading voice in supporting legislation backed by small business owners who depend on a cleaner Bay in order to see their businesses grow so that they can support their families. Today, she is at the forefront of the effort to establish a Marine Conservation District in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor so that the next generation can enjoy access to one of Maryland’s treasures.
Expanding access – to natural resources, education, and job opportunities – has been the theme which has run through all of Sarah’s work, and it is at the center of what draws her to public service. Both Towson University and Johns Hopkins have turned to her for guidance, and she has been a leading voice in the effort to reduce the cost of college for Maryland’s working families. She has also worked with Maryland’s state university system in their effort to attract new businesses to Maryland, creating 21st-century jobs and revitalizing our communities.
A proud Do-Something Democrat, Sarah lives in downtown Annapolis, where she remains active in her local community association. In 2017 Sarah received the Fannie Lou Hamer Award from the Anne Arundel County Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee for her work to make local government more transparent and inclusive. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of Emerge Maryland, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected office. Sarah was recently named one of Maryland’s “20 in Their Twenties” by The Daily Record, and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Towson University Honors College.