Sara Josephine Jacobs was born in Del Mar, California, on February 1, 1989, and raised in San Diego. She is the granddaughter of businessman and Qualcomm founder Irwin M. Jacobs, and daughter of Jerri-Ann and philanthropist Gary E. Jacobs. Her uncle, Paul E. Jacobs, was the former CEO and Chairman of Qualcomm.
Jacobs graduated from Torrey Pines High School and Columbia University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2011 and a master’s degree in international relations in 2012.
After earning her master’s degree, Jacobs served as a Scholar in Residence at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, and as the Founding CEO of Project Connect, a nonprofit dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for students around the world by mapping and connecting schools to the Internet.
In February 2014, she began working in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the State Department where she focused on conflict prevention and response, countering and preventing violent extremism, and U.S. policy in sub-Saharan Africa.
She then served as a foreign policy advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, worked in UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, and as an Electoral Specialist for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
In 2018, Jacobs formed a nonprofit called San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty. She also served on the board of Equality California and the Run for Something Powerhouse Committee, and as a member of Columbia University’s Data and Society Council.
Jacobs ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in California’s 49th congressional district. In the 2020 elections, she ran and won the seat in California’s 53rd congressional district. At 32, she was the youngest member of the California delegation when she assumed office on January 3, 2021.
She serves as the Freshman Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Armed Services Committee.
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