Sarah B. Donovan

Senior Policy Advisor
Sarah Donovan

Utilizing her strong networks in Congress and the executive branch, Sarah Donovan advises corporate and nonprofit clients on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters. Sarah regularly engages members of Congress, staff, and other officials on a variety of issues, including education, privacy, appropriations, financial services, small business, defense, and healthcare. She also advises clients on congressional strategies and the legislative and regulatory processes.

Sarah dedicates a significant portion of her practice to education, from early childhood through higher education public policy. She is a member of the firm’s SBA Task Force—focused on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans—and the COVID-19 Task Force. Sarah also serves as co-chair of VenPAC.

Prior to joining Venable, Sarah was a policy adviser in the federal law and policy practice at an international law firm in Washington, DC. She also worked in investment banking and consulting, including as senior vice president of FIG Partners, LLC, in their investment banking, energy research, and capital group.




  • B.S. Biology, Government University of Virginia 2003

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-chair, VenPAC – the nonconnected political action committee affiliated with Venable LLP
  • Officer, National Business Coalition on E-Commerce and Privacy – a consortium of brand-name companies and associations; acts as the primary adviser for the Coalition's state subcommittee