Sara Rainwater was born outside of Nashville, Tennessee in America in 1978. She has been involved in politics and campaigning from a very early age, having helped her uncle’s first local election campaign at the age of 12. She received her Bachelor of Science in International Relations at Middle Tennessee State University in 2001 and then completed two prestigious internships with the US State Department – at the United Nations and the US Embassy in London.
Sara moved to London in 2002 and started a post-graduate degree in European Studies at the London School of Economics. Her thesis focused on the British Eurorealist movement, which she became involved in whilst working as a research assistant for the European Foundation. She was subsequently hired as the European Foundation’s EU-US Relations Specialist in 2003, before being promoted to Editor of The European Journal, the UK’s leading Eurorealist publication.
In March 2007, she went to work as Manager of Global Vision, where she helped Ruth Lea and Lord Blackwell establish the campaign as a new leading voice in the Eurorealist debate.
A self-confessed ‘born organiser’, Sara joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance in August 2008 as Operations Director to oversee the administration and management across their two offices in London and Birmingham. After two and a half years in this role, she took six months off to have her first baby, Henry, and has returned as Development Director to oversee the TPA’s outreach programme and special projects.
Sara also enjoys event management and has organised many high-profile events with international dignitaries such as Baroness Thatcher, President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and leading supply side economist Dr Art Laffer.