Sandy Stier is a Senior Policy Advisor on Interoperability for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining ACF, she served as a Special Expert in the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), managing the implementation of the SAMHSA Strategic Initiative on Workforce Development, in collaboration with state and federal leaders. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Sandy was the Director of Information Systems for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in Oakland, California, for Public Health, Environmental Health and Behavioral Health, managing teams of developers and analysts.
Originally from Iowa, she holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
Sandy and her wife Kris were plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the marriage equality case to overturn California’s Proposition 8, argued in California and at the United States Supreme Court. As a result of that case, Sandy and Kris were married in San Francisco on June 28, 2013. They have since moved to Washington, DC and recently authored co-authored a book about their lives and their experience as a couple and a family embroiled in the federal lawsuit that ultimately restored marriage equality to California. Love on Trial will be published in May 2017 and promises to deliver an intimate and sometimes hysterical account of their love, and the trial that made their marriage a reality.