Sarah Isgur

Popular Media Personality for ABC News & The Dispatch, Political insider & Influencer, Legal Expert
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  • Influential voice on politics, law, and communication who previously served as the spokesperson for the DOJ and a campaign official for Mitt Romney and Carly Fiorina
  • Widely respected political commentator and GWU professor whose insights are frequently published in the press and featured on broadcast media
  • Brings audiences unique perspectives on the news of the day and shares insider knowledge on how decisions really get made in Washington, D.C.

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Few possess Sarah Isgur’s deep level of insights and expertise when it comes to explaining transformative events in law and politics, and how society is being reshaped around them. Regarded among the nation’s most reputable and in-the-know political commentators, Isgur is a popular pundit and powerhouse media personality who is instantly recognizable from her appearances across the leading news outlets. At The Dispatch, she serves as senior editor for the publication and host of its “Advisory Opinions” podcast, reaching an audience of hundreds of thousands of readers and listeners (more than 180,000 of which are paid subscribers), and bringing them up to speed on what’s going on in politics, policy, and law with balanced insights and captivating color commentary. She also appears frequently as a contributor on ABC News and the network’s top-rated programs, including “Good Morning America” and “This Week,” and represents the “R” as a panelist on KCRW’s “Left, Right, & Center” weekly politics show.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Isgur draws from her experiences working high-profile campaign roles for political heavyweights and contributing to all three branches of the federal government to bring a unique, insider perspective on the news of the day and how decisions in Washington really get made. She brings an unapologetic enthusiasm for politics and policy to the table and is incredibly skilled at articulating her insights and opinions on today’s hot-button issues with respect to all sides and in a way that invites further discourse and openness to alternate viewpoints. With her sharp wit and humor, she restores a level of fun to political discussions that has been missing in recent years and creates a comfortable setting to tackle the topics we’re often afraid to discuss. As she unwraps everything from headline news to important matters that are flying under the radar, she presents the facts in a way that enables audience members to easily grasp what’s really going on in our nation and how it will impact their organizations, as well as form their own opinions on where they stand on the issues that are keeping our leaders up at night.

Isgur previously served as the spokesperson for the Office of Public Affairs at the DOJ and, during her tenure, was also counsel to the deputy attorney general during the Russia Investigation. Before that, she was appointed deputy campaign manager for Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the campaign, including the communications, policy, and digital teams. Previously, she worked for the Republican National Committee as deputy communications director from 2013 to 2015 and held roles in election day operations and the legal department for the Mitt Romney campaign. Among various other roles in politics and law, Isgur served as a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and a research fellow with Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and the Law.

As one of the most authoritative voices on what’s going on inside the beltway, Isgur is a contributing writer for POLITICO and an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s School of Media & Public Affairs. Whether discussing politics, leadership, or social issues, Isgur is focused on transcending partisan divides and finding common ground for the good of our nation.  

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From the Headlines to the Ballot Box: An Inside Analysis of Today's Political Climate. From working high-profile roles on presidential campaigns for Mitt Romney and Carly Fiorina to serving as the spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice, Sarah Isgur possesses rare access and insights into the most important conversations taking place in Washington, D.C. and how our nation’s leaders are working to develop solutions to challenges in politics, policy, economics, national security, and social issues. In this talk, she provides a fair and balanced assessment of the current political landscape, and breaks down complex policy issues in a way that is accessible and engaging to audiences, and provides them context with which to apply what’s happening in the country (and the world) with what’s going on inside their organizations.

The State of Our Justice System. As one of the country’s well-respected attorneys and the former spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice, Sarah Isgur is uniquely positioned to provide nuanced analysis of today’s top legal issues. Leading an in-depth exploration into the most important legal developments as they occur, she explains the ins and outs of a wide variety of topics, from the latest Supreme Court decisions to the most pressing issues in criminal justice reform, immigration, and more. Isgur presents her expertise in a way that is clear and connects with groups of all backgrounds — from legal professionals to laypeople.  

Communicating with Cause: Breaking Through the Noise to Make an Impact. When Sarah Isgur was appointed as the director of the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, she became the leading voice for one of the nation’s most visible federal agencies and the person who was looked upon to manage its public messaging. As an expert at effective communication, Isgur engages audiences with her keys on how to communicate with impact, and shares tips and tactics for how anyone can craft their story and use the power of persuasion to keep people informed and move them to action.

Leadership in Action. Having served in various leadership roles in the U.S. government and big-ticket political campaigns, Sarah Isgur understands what it takes to build effective teams that get the job done and create results that matter. In this talk, she highlights her core tenets of leadership — touching on traits such as resilience, empathy, integrity, and strategic thinking — and shares practical advice for how to navigate the challenges of leadership, build consensus, make impactful decisions, and motivate and inspire teams on the journey to achieving your goals.

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