Sarah Elfreth

Sarah ElfrethAs the Government Affairs Director, I advocate for the Aquarium’s mission at the local, state, and the federal government levels. There really is no normal day for me- some days start as early as 7:00am and end at midnight. Some days I crisscross Maryland. Others, I spend an inordinate amount of time smiling, flagging down legislators, and walking in the exact opposite direction I’m going just to get an extra two minutes of face-time with someone I need to speak to!

Background

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A marine biologist or president... luckily, my job is the best hybrid of the two I can think of.

What did you study in school?
Political Science and Public Policy

At the Aquarium

How long have you been at the Aquarium?
2.5 years.

I love what I do because...
It is truly different every day — I get to help shape the Aquarium’s future and put the Aquarium’s mission to inspire the conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures to work. Also, I’ve found that very few people dislike the Aquarium — which makes my job easy.

Most memorable moment at the Aquarium
My most memorable moment was when I was lucky enough to get to hold a sea turtle!

Fun Facts

Hometown: Barrington, New Jersey

Favorite Animal:
My favorite animal is definitely the sea turtle. How could you not love their big, expressive eyes and graceful movements in the water?

Biggest Fear:
Spiders…and tripping while walking up the State House steps.

Three (OK - four!) things you never leave home without?

  • Lobbyist badge
  • Padfolio (with copies of the Aquarium’s Economic Impact Report)
  • My Aquarim lapel pin

One lesson you wish you'd learned earlier in life?
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge

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