Director of Public Policy
Sarah Gonzales Triplett, Director of Public Policy, strategically directs advocacy and public policy initiatives, leads research, communications, education, grassroots organizing and coalition building to advance policies and sustainable funding to build support for the arts, culture, arts education and the creative industries at the state and federal level. Her focus includes promoting the contributing impacts of the arts and creativity as a strategic asset in Michigan’s communities, economic vitality and education. Triplett is leading efforts to launch the Michigan Legislative Creative Caucus a bi-partisan group of lawmakers that will convene to advance a seven-part agenda focused on the creative economy, creative talent, creative education, creative placemaking, tourism, trade missions and export opportunities, and investment in the state’s arts, cultural and creative assets.
Triplett leads the development of the Creative State Michigan Nonprofit report which uses DataArts information to demonstrate the incredible impact Michigan’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations bring to Michigan’s economy, the vibrancy of our communities, education of our children and audiences of all ages. Triplett also leads 1 of 10 state teams selected by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, administering a three-year pilot program to strengthen arts education by advancing state policy.
Triplett serves as a member of the State Arts Advocacy Network for Americans for the Arts and has been elected to serve on the SAAN Council for a three year term beginning in 2014-15. In June, Triplett was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the SAAN Council. She joined Creative Many in 2013.
As former Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Triplett is experienced in leading efforts for communications, advocacy, policy strategy and increasing public awareness. She was instrumental in the creation and development of the Michigan Sandbox Party, a nonpartisan group formed in 2010 by Michigan’s leading advocates for young children. Her experience also includes Deputy Chief of Staff, Legislative Aide and Sr. Executive Assistant at the Office of Michigan Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Triplett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and political science at Hope College in Holland, Mich. Triplett also serves as the current Chair of the East Lansing Arts Commission and also serves on the Executive Board of the Junior League of Lansing.