Economic Opportunity Division
Michelle Sager serves as director for the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Economic Opportunity Division. Sager works with the center’s team and their stakeholders to assess and identify policy solutions for governors and their staff.
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. Her work included analysis of states’ and localities’ use of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the more than $600 billion in annual grant funding to state and local governments and state and local fiscal issues. Sager also served as an internal consultant on applied research and methodology, as a member of GAO’s adjunct faculty, and directed the team developing 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 and as a research fellow and instructor at George Mason University.
Sager holds a Ph.D. in public policy, a master’s degree in international commerce and policy and bachelor’s degree in communications and political science.
Michelle originally hails from Missouri.