Sally Canfield -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Ms. Canfield currently serves as the Senior Director of International Government Relations at AbbVie. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Of Staff to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. In this position, she provides strategic counsel to the Senator across a broad range of issues including his position on the Foreign Relations Committee, Intelligence Committee, and the Commerce and Small Business committees. In addition, she manages a staff of fourteen legislative assistants and legislative correspondents and personally manages both the global and domestic health issue portfolios.

Prior to her return to Capitol Hill, Ms. Canfield held senior positions in both the private and non-profit sector, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At the Gates Foundation, she provided strategic policy, advocacy, and communications counsel to the Foundation’s leadership regarding their relationships within the global health advocacy, policy, and political communities in the United States and in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and Australia. 

Her position with the Gates Foundation follows a distinguished career in the Executive Branch, on Capitol Hill, and in two Presidential campaigns. Ms. Canfield has held various senior positions including Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security, Counselor to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House. In the 2000 campaign, Ms. Canfield served as Domestic Policy Advisor to then- Governor George W. Bush and in the 2008 campaign cycle, she served as Policy Director to Governor Mitt Romney.

She holds a degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and has studied at Saint Catherine’s College, Oxford University. She has also guest lectured at the Department of Communications Studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Sally Canfield