Economic Opportunity Division
Michelle Sager serves as director of the Economic Opportunity Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Sager works with the Division’s team and their stakeholders to assess and identify policy solutions for governors and their staff. Sager's directs the division's work across issue areas including economic development, human services, postsecondary education and workforce development.
Prior to NGA, Sager served as a director for strategic issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). During her GAO career, Sager’s portfolio spanned a broad range of issues central to states, including crosscutting intergovernmental, budget, regulatory, higher education and international trade issues. As a GAO senior executive, her reports, congressional testimony, briefings, podcasts, media appearances and public presentations highlighted opportunities to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of federal funds, programs and strategies for achieving results, especially in conjunction with state and local partners. Sager also served as an internal consultant on applied research and methodology, as a member of GAO’s adjunct faculty, directed an agency-wide project management initiative, and directed the team that developed the strategic plan for GAO’s international organization, the International Organization for Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).
In addition to her GAO career, Sager has previously served on the adjunct faculty for George Mason University and Johns Hopkins University, as legislative staff in the Missouri House of Representative and in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a research fellow and instructor at George Mason University, and as a college admission coordinator.
Sager holds a Ph.D. in public policy, a master’s degree in international commerce and policy and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science.
Michelle originally hails from Missouri.