WGR Featured Member: Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald
Senior Manager, Political Programs, The Home Depot

Favorite DC Restaurant: Busboys and Poets
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Fun Fact: I can’t whistle.
About Sarah: In my professional life, I am a passionate about building relationships with elected officials and making an impact on important legislation.  In my personal life, I am happiest with my little family—going on walks, playing in the neighborhood splash pad, and lots of Starbucks coffee.  As a new homeowner, I am thrilled to meld both my professional life at Home Depot and personal life with an endless home improvement to-do list.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally?
What attracted me to WGR is the awesome network of power women in DC who are always open to meeting new people.

What was your original career plan and how did you end up in government relations?
My original career plan, devised in middle school, was to take over Barbara Walters’ job when she retired.  I served as anchor of my high school TV station and chose American University for its broadcast journalism program and its unique position in DC instead of NY.  A year in, after taking a few political science courses and getting a part time job with the Women & Politics Institute, I was hooked on politics.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my day job is helping the 400,000 orange apron-wearing Home Depot associates make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in the state capitals.  I am energized by our Store Managers’ energy, passion, and commitment to our company, our associates, and our customers.  And I am proud of our company’s commitment to veterans’ housing through The Home Depot Foundation.

What advice do you have for young women entering the field?
My advice for young women in the field: learn to write/improve your writing and pay attention to the little details.  Mastering those two skills will make you invaluable to any office.

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