Sarah E. Towne is the researcher and writer for workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Towne researches and analyzes data relating to the organization’s workplace policy priorities, including paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, fair pay and pregnancy discrimination. As part of the workplace team, she is responsible for producing high-quality public education materials, providing research-based policy advice to state and local advocates, and answering research-oriented inquiries from policymakers, the press and others.
Prior to joining the National Partnership, Towne was a research intern with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research where she provided administrative and research support to senior researchers. Formerly, Towne was a graduate assistant at Appalachian State University where she managed the daily operations of the campus’s Women’s Center. The center serves as a resource for students dedicated to educating the Appalachian community, eliminating gender discrimination, promoting social, economic and political equity, and empowering women and girls. In this role, Towne also served as university coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Towne is currently a doctoral candidate in public administration and policy at American University’s School of Public Affairs. Her dissertation focuses on telework, caregivers and performance management in the U.S. federal government. In 2014, she was recognized as an emerging scholar with a Founders’ Fellowship from the American Society for Public Administration. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and women’s studies from Appalachian State University. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and applied business.