Sarah Kyle (Former Staff) Vice President

Sarah Kyle serves as Vice President of Budget and External Relations at First Focus.  Prior to joining First Focus, Sarah served as National Manager of Government Relations at JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) where she worked collaboratively with the Advocacy team on efforts to advance the artificial pancreas technology at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, renew the Special Diabetes Program dedicated to type 1 diabetes research, and secured report language to advance diabetes research and therapies in the appropriations process.

Before joining JDRF, Sarah served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana on health care, social policy and transportation issues. In that position, Sarah introduced legislation enacted into law to stem the nursing shortage (enacted in the Affordable Care Act) and to improve the quality, performance, and delivery of pediatric care (enacted as part of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009). She also introduced the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) to coordinate federal activity to combat Alzheimer’s disease, the first Alzheimer’s specific legislation to be enacted into law in 18 years.  Prior to serving on Senator Bayh’s staff, Sarah worked at Van Scoyoc Associates as Director of Government Relations after serving in the office of her hometown congressman, U.S. Representative Tim Roemer of Indiana.

At First Focus, Sarah’s work centers on how the federal budget and appropriations process impacts children and families, and plays a lead role of the Children’s Budget Coalition. She is also engaged in external relations to help ensure that proposals by First Focus and its partners are strongly considered by Congress.

Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  She and her husband live on Capitol Hill with their three sons.

Resources by Sarah Kyle

What are the long-term benefits of SNAP?

| December 10, 2015 |

This week, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report yesterday on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a critical safety net

Appropriators: The Children’s Budget Coalition is watching out for kids

| November 11, 2015 |

At the end of October, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA, P.L. 114-74). Also known as the budget deal, the BBA

C-A-C-F-P: What it means for our youngest kids

| November 10, 2015 |

Nutrition is critical to the early health, brain development and future success of our children. Hungry and food insecure children cannot learn as much or

Are you hungry? Pediatricians want to know

| October 29, 2015 |

Food insecurity is particularly devastating for children with a lasting impact on their long-term development and state of well-being. That is why First Focus

Longer term budget agreement could mean a stronger commitment to kids

| October 7, 2015 |

On September 30, Congress passed a stopgap funding measure known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) to allow the government to function until December 11th

Federal nutrition programs could be a vehicle for improving kids’ dental health

| October 6, 2015 |

This blog post was co-written by the Children’s Dental Health Project and also appears on their Teeth Matter blog. As children’s health advocates call

Fiscal Outlook: Moving in the Right Direction for Kids

| September 17, 2015 |

Yesterday’s announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was a move in the right direction towards helping children. The Senate Leader predicted that fiscal

Child Nutrition: Don’t take a step back, says USDA Secretary Vilsack

| September 9, 2015 |

  Healthy nutrition is an essential building block of a healthy childhood, so First Focus Campaign for Children advocates based on the idea that

Early Intervention and Prevention Initiatives for Kids Cut, Despite Potential for Good

| September 1, 2015 |

Evidence clearly demonstrates that early intervention and prevention services improve outcomes for children and families that have lasting impacts on their lives, and the

Newly passed Senate bill benefits patients, medical researchers

| July 17, 2015 |

Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed the Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials Act, which would allow individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid to