Sara is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and attended law school at the University of Richmond. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During law school, Ms. McDonough's studies and work experience focused on the fields of employment law and employment discrimination law. Ms. McDonough completed an externship at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) field office in Richmond, VA. She worked closely with an EEOC attorney and investigators on cases involving employment discrimination on the basis of religion, sexual harassment, race, color, and retaliation. Additionally, Ms. McDonough interned with the Disability Law Center of Virginia (formerly Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy), an organization that advocates and provides legal services for persons with disabilities.
Prior to law school, Ms. McDonough worked as a strategic communications consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA. She supported contracts with several large federal government clients, primarily the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and TRICARE, a U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System program. During her engagement at the IRS, Ms. McDonough helped develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy and outreach campaign for the Office of Cybersecurity. While supporting TRICARE, she authored and edited more than 100 health care publications distributed to more than nine million health care beneficiaries and providers around the world.