Sara Garland, a native North Dakotan, worked in Washington, DC and Capitol Hill for four decades. In both government and non-government positions, she has a long history of working with Native Americans. In 2005 she was appointed by Senator Byron Dorgan as the Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Prior to that position, she was the founder and principal of a government affairs consulting company, the Greystone Group, that represented a number of tribal clients, including the nation’s tribal colleges.
Her experience on Capitol Hill includes serving as Chief of Staff to Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), as well as Legislative Assistant to Senator Quentin Burdick (D-ND), where she specialized in appropriations issues, working closely with Tribal leaders on federal funding issues. Garland is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and received the University’s highest alumni honor in 2003. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of North Dakota’s Alumni Association Foundation.