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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 53

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Sara Jacobs

Children's Anti-poverty Advocate
199,244 votes (59.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Making sure federal COVID-19 assistance gets to those who need it most -- to families, workers, and small businesses
  • Addressing the high cost of living in San Diego, including health care, housing, and child care
  • Addressing climate change with the urgency it deserves and ensuring climate protections are built into stimulus spending



A third-generation San Diegan, Sara Jacobs has dedicated her career to fighting for the most vulnerable people by making institutions and policy fairer and more equitable, and finding innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems.

Sara is the Founder and Chair of San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty. Since its inception in fall of 2018, San Diego for Every Child has grown into a broad coalition of groups working toward the goal of halving the experience of childhood poverty in San Diego County by 2030. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego for Every Child started the COVID-19 Children’s Fund, helping to mobilize millions of dollars in philanthropic and government funding to support child care for essential workers and equitable distance learning for students throughout San Diego County.

In addition to her role at San Diego for Every Child, Sara has dedicated much of her time and energy to electing a new generation of leaders — women, young people, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented communities. She serves on the board of Equality California and the Run for Something Powerhouse Committee, and as a member of Columbia University’s Data and Society Council. Sara believes in harnessing the power of technology to solve big problems and has always been especially committed to fighting for the causes of children.

Sara has also served in policy positions at the U.S. State Department during the Obama Administration, UNICEF, and the United Nations, and as a Scholar in Residence at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. She was also proud to use her expertise to serve as a policy advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign for president.

Sara served as the founding CEO of Project Connect, an education non-profit dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for students around the world by mapping and connecting schools to the Internet. The project was so successful that it is now a flagship part of UNICEF’s work around the world.

Sara grew up in our San Diego community and is a proud graduate of the San Diego public school system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of International Affairs degree in International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution, both from Columbia University.


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $7,683,531

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Sara Jacobs
United Association (UA)
Employees of Qualcomm
Employees of The Walt Disney Company

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.23%
New York 0.59%
District of Columbia 0.37%
Texas 0.28%
Other 1.53%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.30%)
Small contributions (0.70%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.73%)
From individuals (99.27%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Sara hasn't accepted a dime from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists and never will. She's not beholden to any special interests — because San Diegans deserve a Member of Congress who only answers to them. She'll act urgently to address our rising cost of living – including housing, health care, and child care – urgently address climate change, end the gun violence epidemic, and defend access to reproductive care. And she’ll work with both parties to rebuild our communities and our economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With San Diego families facing challenges like never before, we need a new generation of leaders who are willing to listen to each other, respect one another, and work across the aisle to get things done. Partisan gridlock has stopped progress in its tracks, and San Diego families have paid the price — but Sara will work with anyone to support the community she loves.

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