Sara Hart Weir is an executive, CEO and conservative who believes in empowering Kansas families through sound financial policy and investment.
Weir is a proud Kansan and product of our Kansas public schools (a graduate of Olathe South High School). Weir eventually went on to serve for many years as the president & CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).
As CEO, Weir oversaw a multi-million dollar nonprofit organization that experienced record growth in community impact and achievement, financial health and viability and went from a three-star to a four-star Charity Navigator (top category) nonprofit, which included a 100% transparency and accountability ranking.
Weir’s life has been about leading differently, serving others and delivering results with the leadership philosophy of “if you’re not at the table, you are on the menu.” Sara deploys an “in the trenches” leadership style by engaging directly with constituents — in local communities, in the classroom, on the job site or around kitchen tables. Weir’s passion for “giving a voice to the voiceless” and ensuring underserved and under-represented populations have a seat at the table was inspired by Kasey, her best friend of 20 years who had Down syndrome.
Weir’s proudest accomplishment to date is leading the effort behind the passage of the landmark, historical Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014 (P.L. 113-295). The tax legislation garnered the support of 381 of 435 U.S. representatives. and 78 of 100 U.S. senators. Subsequently, Weir oversaw the effort to enact 49 state ABLE laws as well as played a significant role in working to launch over 40 state ABLE 529 plans with state treasurers. The ABLE Act established tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities and is hailed as the most significant legislation for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Beyond Weir’s professional responsibilities, Sara believes in a strong sense of community. Weir serves as chairwoman of Kansas for Term Limits; Kansas co-chairwoman of Maggie’s List, the country’s leading political action committee specifically focused on electing conservative women to federal public office; board member at-large of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation; member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); and steering committee member of ENGAGE: Promoting Women’s Economic Security.
Weir’s life work was fashioned from her family and their deep commitment to community, hard work and a passion for improving Kansas. Her father, Dr. Scott Weir, serves as the director for the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation at the University of Kansas Cancer Center and her mom, Lucy, is a successful Realtor. She is an Olathe native and a proud graduate of Olathe South High School and Leadership Olathe. Weir was awarded the 2000 Olathe South High School Principal’s Senior Leadership of the Year Award. Weir has a bachelor of arts in psychology and political leadership from Westminster College, a master of science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and a certificate of completion from the Emerging Leaders Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Executive Education, Harvard University.