Vilms, Sarah G.

Sarah G. Vilms

Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah Vilms directs federal strategy for major US entities, develops comprehensive strategic plans to impact legislation and regulation, and advises clients in augmenting their national profiles. Sarah advocates on behalf of client matters before Congress, the White House and federal agencies including the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), White House Domestic Policy Council, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture and related agencies and governmental entities.

Her experience includes more than 20 years in energy, environment, natural resources and related policy fields. Specializing within the firm’s Public Policy Energy & Environment Practice Group, Sarah addresses issues on behalf of clients concerning conventional and renewable energy, power storage, net-metering, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, ground-level ozone, Clean Power Plan, Clean Energy Incentive Program, COP 21, water-use, permitting and federal lands issues.

Sarah has gained experience in the US House of Representatives, US Senate and in the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney, Australia. In addition, Sarah provided advice and counsel on a range of hospital, health care and health system issues for the Health Care Advisory Board in Washington DC. 

Sarah’s understanding of Executive and Legislative branches decision making processes combined with the objectives of the private and public sectors has enabled her to develop and execute strategies to advance the economic accomplishments of her clients.


  • Environmental and Natural Resources: Directs federal strategy for public and private organizations before Congress, federal agencies and the White House on initiatives concerning conventional and renewable energy including issues pertaining to technology, sustainability, water quality/quantity and reuse issues, ozone and climate change. Oversees client participation in congressional legislative process and agency rulemaking; works with clients to build coalitions to secure support for federal policy initiatives. Provides advice and counsel on federal funding. Led archival research contributing to a US$164 million superfund water quality remediation – one of the largest settlements ever obtained from the federal government.
  • Corporations and Nonprofits: Directs federal legislative strategy for corporate and nonprofit entities to further legislation, congressional directives and agency pilot projects to advance concepts and programs. Engages in public policy efforts to impact legislation and regulations on behalf of national, regional and local clients.
  • Local Government Representation: Directs bipartisan federal legislative strategy for municipal governments on priority projects for cities, counties and other governmental bodies. Represents public policy initiatives on behalf of government institutions in California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Virginia.


  • Brown University, B.A., 1993
Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Contributor, “Capital Thinking Update,” Environment and Natural Resources section for weekly online publication by Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (2010–Present)
  • Contributor, “The Trustworthiness of Elections, Voting Machines and Internet Voting, and the Voting Situation for 2012,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, Aired on VoiceAmerica Business (January 13, 2011)
  • Contributor, “Will President Obama’s New Title IX Guidelines Level the Playing Field for Aspiring Female Athletes and Academics?” Capital Thinking Radio Show, Aired on VoiceAmerica Business (April 22, 2010)
  • Contributing consultant, “The Rising Tide: Emergence of a New Competitive Standard in Health Care,” The Health Care Advisory Board, publication (1996)

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