Sarah Ruger

Director, Free Expression at the Charles Koch Institute

Sarah N. Ruger: Sarah Ruger directs free expression initiatives for the Charles Koch Institute and Network. She is a passionate advocate for open inquiry, free speech rights, and engagement that respects the dignity inherent in every individual. She manages many of those opportunities through the Foundation’s Courageous Collaborations initiative. Prior to her work promoting peaceful pluralism, she developed grant partnerships in higher education and drove donor relations for the Foundation. She also previously managed external relations for the Institute for Humane Studies, connecting academic research on human and societal wellbeing with opportunities for public policy impact. Sarah has written for USA Today and Inside Higher Ed, among others. Sarah is thrilled to serve on the advisory board of Communities Overcoming Extremism: The After Charlottesville Project—a national initiative to convene diverse researchers, educators, community leaders, and rights activists to understand the tools needed to foster a culture where people help, rather than harm one another.


She earned her BA in political economy and Spanish from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Sarah now lives in the DC area with her husband Charlie and their unruly hound dog.