The Philanthropy Collaborative

Our Staff

Sandra Swirski
Ms. Swirski is Senior Advisor to The Philanthropic Collaborative and has extensive experience in non-profit policy circles. In addition to advising several non-profits, Ms. Swirski is a frequent speaker at philanthropic and non-profit conferences. A tax lawyer, Ms. Swirski 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, Ms. Swirski was an associate with Ernst & Young. She holds a JD from the George Washington University and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University.

Michael McHugh
Michael McHugh is the Director of Federal Affairs for The Philanthropic Collaborative. Michael comes to The Philanthropic Collaborative from the Office of Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), where he served as a Legislative Assistant working on a range of issues including many on the powerful Senate Finance and Energy Committees. Before his public service, Michael consulted on strategic sourcing and corporate social responsibility. He completed the U.S. Naval War College's Fleet Seminar Program and holds a degree in Political Science: International Relations from UCLA.

Sara Barba
Sara Barba is a Senior Federal Affairs Associate for The Philanthropic Collaborative. Prior to joining TPC, Sara worked for Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), assisting with legislative research and constituent correspondence. She also held positions in district offices for Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representative Vicki Hartzler (R-MO), where she supported press secretaries and field representatives. Sara graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Political Science.