Sarah Arbes | Business Roundtable


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Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

Sarah Arbes Vice President for Business Roundtable. She manages the Health and Retirement Committee, which is focused on improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system and strengthening the long-term viability of the retirement income system. Business Roundtable member companies provide health care coverage to over 40 million American workers, retirees and their families—and the cost and quality of health care in the United States is a top-level issue for Business Roundtable CEOs.

Previously, Arbes was Deputy Health Policy Director for Chairman Lamar Alexander of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), where she oversaw the committee’s work on private health insurance, including employer-sponsored health plans and the new insurance exchanges.

Prior to joining the HELP Committee, Arbes served in the office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell where she worked on health, tax, labor and retirement policies. Before Senator McConnell, Arbes was Vice President of Government Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). In this role, Arbes was responsible for the association’s health care, labor, employment and privacy policy and advocacy.

Before joining RILA, Arbes served in the President George W. Bush administration as a congressional liaison at the U.S. Department of Labor where she worked on comprehensive immigration reform and employment standards regulations. Arbes also served four years in the office of U.S. Senator Jim Talent as a caseworker.

Prior to working in politics, Arbes worked in advertising agencies, advising corporate clients on strategic ad placement and cost.

Arbes earned her Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University of Oklahoma.

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