Sarah Lessing joined the Council’s Singapore office in May 2019 as an Operations & Advocacy Associate. Originally from the Silicon Valley, Sarah developed a passion for globalization at an early age, and has a background in many facets of business and policy. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region driven by her interest in emerging markets.
Sarah graduated from George Washington University with a B.B.A. in International Business, and a minor in International Affairs. In Spring 2017, she participated in a university exchange program at the National University of Singapore, where she studied Mandarin Chinese, Comparative Politics in Southeast Asia, Chinese economics, and emerging markets. She returned to Singapore in 2018 where she began work as a short-term research analyst at a boutique M&A firm on deals in the biotechnology and networking hardware industries.
She also brings skills from previous work in the White House during the Obama Administration, where she managed a team of Comment Line volunteers in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, and produced daily metric reports circulated among White House senior staff. Additionally, Sarah worked at Comcast NBCUniversal as a Legislative Affairs intern supporting the D.C.-based team in federal government relations, where she closely followed issues of net neutrality, 5G rollout and rural broadband. Sarah has experience managing teams and facilitating leadership development programs as a student mentor in the GW School of Business.