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Sarah Wetmore

Vice President and Research Director
Civic Federation

Sarah Wetmore is Vice President and Research Director of the Civic Federation. She oversees the Civic Federation’s research agenda and efforts, including annual analysis of state and local tax and fiscal policy, budgets, and numerous special projects. She additionally performs original research with a particular focus on public pensions and property taxes.

Ms. Wetmore was previously Communications Director for the Federation, managing all media and public relations in addition to directing the redesign of the Federation’s website. Prior to that, she worked as an analyst at a boutique investment consulting firm and at DePaul University.

Recently, Ms. Wetmore was elected Vice President of the Governmental Research Association, the national organization of individuals professionally engaged in governmental research, and previously served as a trustee.

Ms. Wetmore earned her Master of Arts degree in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she received a Johnson Prize for her thesis on democratic stability in Argentina. She holds a BA from Knox College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and won the Dean Acheson Prize for Outstanding International Relations Major.

When not analyzing public policy, Sarah splits her time between cheering on the Chicago White Sox and training the circus arts of doubles trapeze and rope.