Sage graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with her B.A. in Foreign Affairs. While at university, she taught local elementary students in Charlottesville and completed internships with both state and federal government, researching legislation and preparing policy memos. An accomplished public speaker, she served on the historic Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, coaching university students on debate and speech presentation. Prior to Capstone, Sage worked in Kiev, Ukraine as an operations analyst for a transnational nuclear clean-up project for Chernobyl.