Sara Allen joined Cornerstone in September 2016. Sara brings over five years of healthcare experience, as well as years spent lobbying, developing and executing policy positions, engaging grassroots advocates, and assisting with political action committee campaigns and endorsements. Sara brings significant health care and legal expertise to Cornerstone and provides state government relations and other consulting services to Cornerstone’s clients.
Most recently Sara worked as a state lobbyist and staff attorney working for the Iowa Hospital Association, representing all 118 Iowa hospitals at the statehouse and various administrative agencies. In this position, Sara gained expertise in a variety of areas impacting hospitals and other health care providers; these areas include financing and reimbursement, behavioral health, value-based healthcare delivery reform models, informational technology innovation, regulatory and legal compliance, scope of practice concerns for specific providers, public body concerns, and public health initiatives.
Before her position at the Iowa Hospital Association, Sara worked for a physician staffing company as Associate Corporate Counsel. In that role, she was responsible for maintaining the corporation’s business compliance, contract drafting and enforcement, and managing the human resources function.
Sara received her juris doctorate from Drake University in December 2010 and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in April 2011. Prior to Drake, Sara received her Business Administration degree from Grand View University. In addition to her formal education, Sara received her private pilot’s license in 2005 and enjoys recreational flying.
Sara lives in Des Moines with her husband Colby and her two young daughters, Briar and Blake.