RALEIGH Nov 20, 2018 Governor Roy Cooper today announced that North Carolina native Sarah Bolton has joined his administration in the role of Policy Director. Bolton, a Raleigh native and graduate of Appalachian State University, was previously the Education Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Senior Policy and Budget Advisor for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Most recently, Bolton was selected as a Fulbright Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy for which she spent time researching and developing public policy recommendations for New Zealand’s Ministry of Education to improve educational outcomes for at-risk students. “Sarah has extensive policy expertise in many areas, especially education, and we are glad to have her join our team working for North Carolina,” Gov. Cooper said. The policy director position was previously held by Jenni Owen who has taken a new job with the Cooper Administration and is now serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships.