Sarah Granger has more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, media and government. She is an award-winning digital media innovator and bestselling author of The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life – Online and Off. Her work focuses on issues related to innovation, digital politics, cybersecurity, online privacy, technology accessibility, and open democracy.
In 2011, Sarah founded the Center for Technology, Media & Society, dedicated to educating, informing and connecting stakeholders around converging topics like transparent e-government, high-tech workplace flexibility, and gender bias online. She is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and formerly served as co-chair of their cybersecurity expert group. She is also an at-large member of the U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM, a global 100,000+ member organization of technology professionals.
Sarah previously served as Project Director for the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, where she participated in the World Summit on the Information Society at the United Nations. She also served as a Senior Strategist for Project One Page, a smart crowd sourcing platform pilot for the White House petition system. She has worked with The White House, the Department of State, and other federal agencies as a resource on technology policy and as a digital media trainer.
During the 2004 presidential campaign cycle, Sarah led the launch of what Wired News referred to as the "first true weblog to be put up by a politician," while directing Internet strategy and operations for former Senator Gary Hart's exploratory campaign. For ten years, she advised candidates and political organizations on digital strategy. From 2008 to 2010, she served as New Media director for WomenCount and in 2010 as Political Director for BlogHer, the women’s blogger network with more than 20 Million readers. In 2009, she earned a New Media Award from the California Democratic Party in 2009 and in 2011, she was the recipient of a Campaign Innovator award from Campaigns & Elections magazine.
Sarah began her career working in cybersecurity for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Department of Energy), Phoenix Technologies, and the California Maritime Academy. In 1999, she founded bComfy, an innovative online software model for office ergonomics, infusing technology and workplace flexibility together. She also worked as a network engineer for Net Daemons Associates (aka NDA, a venture-backed IT services company later acquired by Interliant).
A frequent speaker and lecturer, Sarah has been a featured presenter at the numerous conferences including California Leadership Forum, South by Southwest Interactive, the 3% Conference, Startup Women Forum, Innovation Journalism and Exceptional Women in Publishing. She has written for a wide range of publications including Harvard Business Review, Air & Space Power Journal, Forbes and Forbes Russia, Spectrum, The Huffington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle at SFGate.com. She contributed chapters to Diplomacy, Development and Security in the Information Age and Ethical Hacking.
Sarah has been featured as a technology and political expert on CBS News, Good Morning America, RT and NPR and quoted in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Daily Kos, The Washington Post, PBS.org, and The Hill. In 2012, she was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan, where she designed her own major called "Technology & Society. A first generation digital native, she has been online since 1982, when she ventured onto bulletin board systems as a nine year-old. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For more information, see SarahGranger.com. Sarah tweets from @sarahgranger.
Expertise includes: online harassment, cybersecurity, technology, media, politics, business, skating