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 brings 30 years of experience in energy, environment, natural resources and related policy fields. Specializing within the Energy & Environment Policy Practice Group, Sarah addresses issues on behalf of clients concerning conventional and renewable energy generation, grid-scale energy storage, energy infrastructure, distributed generation, methane and greenhouse gas emissions, natural infrastructure, ground-level ozone, permitting and federal lands issues.
Sarah also works on behalf of water authorities regarding drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, grants and federal financing incentives.
Sarah advocates on behalf of client matters before Congress, the White House and federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), White House Domestic Policy Council and related agencies and governmental entities. She also works with the United Nations and the World Bank on environment and energy related issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Sarah gained experience in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate and working with the Chairman of the Environment Committee for the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney, Australia.
Sarah’s understanding of the Legislative and Executive 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.