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Sarah Roma

Sarah Roma is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience working globally and domestically on programs and policy change for women, children and youth. Sarah has expertise in policy advocacy, leadership development, gender analysis and integration, capacity building, curriculum development, training and facilitation, program and policy design and implementation, and strategic planning.

Sarah is currently an adjunct faculty member at the SIT Graduate Institute, where she teaches Policy Advocacy for the Masters of Arts in Sustainable Development program. As an independent consultant, she has led projects for organizations such as CARE, IntraHealth and Save the Children to develop tools and trainings to strengthen organizational advocacy capacity.

Sarah previously served as the Director of Women, Girls and Population at the United Nations Foundation where she led strategy development and implementation for the Foundation's work on women and girls. Prior to her work with the UN Foundation, Sarah was the Director of Field Policy and Advocacy at Save the Children, where she integrated advocacy as a key component of the organization's work and led Save the Children’s global advocacy capacity building plan for country offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eurasia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sarah has also worked with various non-profit organizations both globally and domestically focusing on issues such as girls' and women's leadership and advocacy, prevention of violence against women, and education and service learning. She designed and managed a USAID-funded leadership development program for Kosovar women, and also ran a leadership development and youth-led advocacy program for young women in Washington, DC, where she worked with a group of teen women to successfully advocate for the passage of a sexual harassment policy in the DC public schools.

Sarah has also conducted research and educational outreach on issues related to violence against women and served as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, she started and ran the first service-learning program at Banneker Public High School in Washington, DC, and taught English in three junior high schools in rural Japan. Sarah received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Carleton College and a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was the recipient of the Pforzheimer Foundation Nonprofit Fellowship.