Sarah Beth Gehl

Research Director, Southern Economic Advancement Project

As Research Director for the Roosevelt Institute’s Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP), Sarah Beth Gehl works to broaden economic power in the American South through policy research and network-building across the region.

As Research Director for the Roosevelt Institute’s Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP), Sarah Beth Gehl works to broaden economic power in the American South through policy research and network-building across the region. 

Prior to joining Roosevelt, Gehl served as policy director for the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign and as deputy director for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, where she specialized in tax policy. She founded Gehl Consulting to provide consulting services to maximize the policy and advocacy impacts of national and Georgia-based nonprofits. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Agnes Scott College. She received a PhD in public policy through a joint program at Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, a Master’s in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BA from Birmingham Southern College.


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