Sarah Dufendach oversees legislative affairs for Common Cause. As the organization's primary strategist for advocacy, she coordinates the Common Cause presence on Capitol Hill. Together with Common Cause program directors and state directors, Sarah works with Members of the U.S. House and Senate and their staff to enact reform legislation and advance the Common Cause agenda.
Sarah came to Common Cause in 2003 as chief operating officer, having served in the same capacity for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, and assumed her new position in 2006. She brings many years of experience on Capitol Hill to her present position, including having served as chief of staff to former Rep. David Bonier (D-MI), when he served as the House majority whip as well as the House minority whip. Sarah was also a committee staff member on the House Rules Committee where she mastered the intricacies of House rules and Congressional procedures. She also served as a senior advisor for Rep. Bonior's leadership elections.