Iowa Native Joins NGAUS Staff in D.C.

Washington Report

(July 29, 2014) Thanks to a chance meeting at a local restaurant, visitors to the National Guard Memorial now are welcomed by Sarah Sontag when they walk through the door.  

Sontag, 23, started last week as the association's administrative receptionist. She'll be working on logistics for the annual conference, welcoming visitors to the museum, helping organize various events in the building and more.

"It sounded like a good opportunity to use my communications and event-planning background," she says. "I'm happy to be here."

Sontag hails from Ankeny, Iowa, near the state capital of Des Moines. She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and graduated in 2012 with degrees in journalism and French.

While in school, she worked on the school newspaper and for a local magazine. She also traveled to Paris for a semester abroad.

After school, Sontag headed to Washington, D.C., where she interned at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, focusing on marketing and event planning. She also started working at Café Berlin, a well-known German restaurant on Capitol Hill.

The owner of Café Berlin is the daughter of NGAUS' former administrative receptionist, Gil Roberts. Roberts mentioned the job opening to Sarah, who promptly applied.

In her spare time Sontag likes to catch a dance class or two, and work in her garden. She blogs about her adventures as a City Farmer at  

Roberts is still with NGAUS, but has moved to a new position in the membership department, where she is the membership data technician.