Sarah Vandergriff

New Orleans, LA
Sarah Vandergriff

Legal and Policy Director at Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, currently serves as the Legal and Policy Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS), a non-profit membership association. Prior to working with LAPCS, Sarah worked as a commercial litigator for the law firm of Phelps Dunbar and earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University, focusing on religious studies, constitutional law and international law with an emphasis on human rights. Sarah was the recipient of the 2018 Barney D. Mintz Leadership Award for the New Orleans chapter of ADL; a “2017 Leader in Law” by New Orleans City Business Magazine; a “2017 Top 40 Under 40 Professional” by New Orleans Gambit Weekly; and, a “2016 Good Apple” by Louisiana Appleseed. Additionally, Sarah has been a selected participant for various leadership programs including the Aspen Institute, Leadership Louisiana and the Loyola Institute of Politics, and currently serves on advisory committees for the National World War II Museum and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Sarah is most excited to serve on ADL's GLI Alumni board and help ADL expand its education program with schools across the country.

What are you most looking forward to as a new member of the GLI AAB?
Meeting the other participants and working with them over the course of the year (learning about their ADL–GLI experiences, their current professional work and involvement with ADL and working together to create something new for ADL).

What do you hope the board (or you as a member of the board) will accomplish and/or help solve within this year?
Helping to further establish a solid vision, mission, and set of priorities with actionable items that will help set this group up for longterm success and sustainability. I think most of the upcoming work will be to assist in developing the foundational structures needed to help sustain GLI alumni involvement with ADL.