Alexandria Virginia City Manager Mark B. Jinks has appointed Sarah G. Taylor as the City of Alexandria’s legislative director, effective January 8.
Taylor first joined the City in 2001 as a public information specialist for the Office of Historic Alexandria, later serving until 2002 as a public affairs officer in the Office of the City Manager. She has also served in legislative, communications, and planning positions for Henrico County, Va., and the cities of Bristol and New Haven, Ct., and as a consultant for San Francisco and Richmond, Ca. Taylor’s nonprofit experience includes work for The Aspen Institute and RAINN (a national sexual abuse prevention and education organization), and she has served as a public affairs and campaign specialist in private practice and for consulting firms. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and urban studies from the University of Richmond.
Since 2010, Taylor has been a senior official with the Democratic caucus of the Oklahoma State Senate, where she most recently served as chief of staff. In that role, Taylor worked to develop multi-sector coalitions and advance legislation of interest to local governments.
“Sarah will be an effective advocate in Richmond and Washington for Alexandria’s community needs,” said Jinks. “She brings two decades of experience in local government, state legislative and political strategy, and the nonprofit sector, and we are fortunate to welcome her back to Alexandria.”
The City’s legislative director represents City Council’s legislative agenda before the Virginia General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, and serves as the City’s primary liaison to the executive branches of state and federal government. The legislative director advocates for millions of dollars in state and federal funds for public safety, infrastructure, human services, education, and other vital local government programs, and coordinates the City’s efforts to influence federal and state legislation and regulations.
Taylor succeeds Bernard Caton, who served with distinction as the City’s legislative director from 1995 until his retirement in fall 2017.