Activist, entrepreneur, public speaker, Washington D.C. powerbroker, and passionate advocate of women’s political engagement — Sarah Chamberlain plays many roles. As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Main Street Partnership, Sarah runs an organization that supports the governing wing of the Republican Party in Congress; in the judgment of most political observers, she is the only woman in the country who currently leads a major Republican organization. And as the creator and facilitator of the Women2Women National Conversation Tour, Sarah has become one of the most important national voices calling for women to become involved in the political process.
Sarah’s career has been marked by both accomplishment and tragedy. Born in upstate New York, she received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and her MBA and master’s degree in education from Elmira College in New York. She first gained political experience as an assistant to Rep. Amory Houghton Jr., a former CEO of the Corning Glass Company and a six-term member of Congress. She became the first executive director of the John Quincy Adams Society and helped to establish the Main Street Partnership. She has written for the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and other national publications and has appeared on numerous media programs. She recently undertook a course of study in the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
In 1999, Sarah married Michael Resnick, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to the National Security Council. In 2011, he died of pancreatic cancer at age fifty. The FBI’s Michael D. Resnick Terrorist Screening Center is named in his honor.
Sarah built the Main Street Partnership from the fledgling organization founded in 1997 into a thriving network of almost seventy members of Congress and leaders from business, education, and the professions. All of its members share Sarah’s commitment to conservative, pragmatic government as well as compassion in our communities and character in our national leaders. Main Street is dedicated to electing and defending legislators who will govern effectively in the Republican tradition. Main Street and its members are solutions-oriented fiscal realists, advancing positive policies that can command bipartisan support.
Sarah’s experiences as a woman involved in politics — and her frustrations with Capitol Hill gridlock — led her to start the Women2Women National Conversations Tour in 2014. The tour brings Congresswomen together with bipartisan gatherings of women across the country. Its aim is to spark dialogue between legislators and everyday citizens about how women are personally affected by what happens in government, and to take those ideas back to Washington. Sarah urges women to educate themselves about politics and get involved by voting, taking part in local and national campaigns, and even running for office themselves. She firmly believes that more women participating in politics at all levels will lead to better and less adversarial government.
Sarah Chamberlain is a unique and powerful woman’s voice in the American political debate. Follow her posts on Facebook, Twitter, and her Main Street Advocacy blog, or see her on the Women 2 Women Tour.
Main Street Advocacy Blog: http://mainstreetadvocacy.com/blog/
Women2Women Conversation Tour: http://mainstreetadvocacy.com/women/