Staff Bios

Sandra Swirski

Executive Director

Sandra co-founded Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC in 2010. Prior to this she was a partner at Venn Strategies, LLC since 2001. She  has extensive experience in non-profit policy circles. In addition to advising several non-profits, she currently represents The Philanthropy Roundtable and is a frequent speaker at philanthropic and non-profit conferences. A tax lawyer, Sandra was a senior Congressional aide for two of the most prominent Republicans to serve on the Senate Finance Committee—Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO) and Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY). Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Sandra was an associate with Ernst & Young. She holds a JD from the George Washington University and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University.

Sean Parnell

Vice President of Public Policy, The Philanthropy Roundtable

Sean Parnell has more than 20 years of experience advocating for causes and candidates, most recently as an independent public policy consultant where his work included educating elected officials about the history and importance of the electoral college, original research and writing on health care policy, and directing the activities of a nonprofit focused on identifying, evaluating, and promoting effective leadership in candidates for office. He previously was president of the Center for Competitive Politics, an advocacy organization focused on promoting and protecting the First Amendment’s political rights of speech, assembly, and petition. Parnell also served as vice president for external affairs at The Heartland Institute and as campaign manager and fundraiser for former Congressman Greg Ganske of Iowa.

Anne Urban

Senior Advisor

Anne Urban is co-founder of Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC. Anne brings more than twenty five years of legislative, public policy and government relations experience both on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. Before Urban Swirski, She was a partner at Venn Strategies, LLC. Prior to Venn, Anne was a managing director in the D.C. office of Clark & Weinstock, where she advised clients on a wide range of legislative and executive branch issues, particularly tax, financial services and other economic issues. Prior to joining the private sector, Anne was Legislative Director and Tax Advisor to Senator Robert Kerrey (D-NE) overseeing all aspects of the Senator’s legislative work on the Senate Finance Committee, top economic advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman and as a Ways and Means Committee policy advisor for former Cong. Barbara Kennelly (D-CT). In addition, she ran two of the Congresswoman’s re-election campaigns. Anne has written, researched, and edited a number of books and reports, including The Real David Stockman, published by St. Martin’s Press in 1986, which she co-authored. Anne received a B.A. with honors from Amherst College.

Sara Barba

Director of Policy

Prior to joining Urban Swirski, Sara held several positions with Members of Congress. On the Hill, she worked for Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) and assisted with legislative research and constituent correspondence. Sara also worked for Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) district office, where she supported the field representative in research and outreach. Prior to Sen. Blunt’s office, Sara worked in Representative Vicki Hartzler’s (R-MO) district office assisting staff in writing press releases and correspondence with constituents and government agencies. Sara graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science.