Sara Allen

Des Moines, Iowa

Sara Allen

Des Moines, Iowa

Quick Facts

  • Previously served as a state lobbyist and staff attorney for the Iowa Hospital Association
  • Extensive work with hospitals, managing their legislative needs, focusing specifically on behavioral health, licensure, financing and Medicaid
  • Helps Cornerstone clients formulate strategies to achieve their legislative and regulatory objectives and needs

Sara's Bio

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 assists clients throughout the legislative and rule-making process, focusing on health care and state government concerns.

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 J.D. from Drake University in December 2010 and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in April 2011. Prior to Drake, Sara received her B.B.A. 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 three young children, Briar, Blake, and Boone.




JD, Drake University Law School; BBA, Grand View University