Federal Relations

Contact the Office of Federal Relations

Federal Relations
444 N Capitol St, Suite 418
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-624-1420
Fax: 202-624-1429

Sarah Martin Castro
Director

Sarah joined the Office of Federal Relations team in July 2011 as Associate Director and was promoted to Director in August 2016. Sarah comes to the UW family after several years as the government relations officer for the University of Missouri System. She has worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Director for a House member of the Missouri federal delegation and as a lobbyist at Mercury Public Affairs – a lobby and public relations firm in DC – where she counseled high-profile clients regarding complex legislative, regulatory, and reputational issues. She has in-depth experience with a number of policy issues including energy, telecommunications, education, and many others.  She received a JD from the University of Kansas and BA degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

McKinzie Strait
Federal Relations Associate

McKinzie joined the Office of Federal Relations in January 2014. She is responsible for coordinating office administrative duties and provides support for the UW’s overall legislative program. Among other things, she is responsible for scheduling appointments on Capitol Hill, contributing to Federal Relations communications to campus, monitoring legislation and hearings, and submitting the University’s quarterly lobbying reports.

Originally from Spokane, McKinzie graduated from the University of Washington in fall of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During her time at UW, she studied abroad in the Czech Republic with the CHID Department, spent two quarters working in the State House of Representatives as a legislative intern, and was active in Greek life. Professionally, she has experience in corporate communications, as a legislative assistant in the State Legislature, and on an external affairs team at a local community college.