Sarah Salem

Poughkeepsie Common Council, At-Large


Sarah will continue to make history as the first out nonbinary elected leader in New York State!


Sarah is a thought leader in food security and food system thinking has held public office for the last three years, serving as Chair of the Poughkeepsie Common Council for the last year, and comes from a diverse background with experience in development, farming, start-ups, finance, community organizing, and the retail environment, which lends to their transdisciplinary approach to work and learning. Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Sarah has developed a strong affinity toward the community and in making the City of Poughkeepsie and the Greater Hudson Valley a more desirable place to live, work, and play, now and for years to come, for current and future residents. In their work with Dutchess Outreach, Sarah drives home the idea that in order to thrive communities need fuel; a well-functioning economy, good jobs, upstanding community leaders and politicians, strong systems of public transportation, infrastructure, education, human services, space to play, and, most of all, consistent access to quality food whatever your net worth. Sarah is committed to squeezing social injustice until it runs dry. 

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