Program Officer, Global Development and Population
Sarah T. Lucas, an expert in global development policy, serves as a program officer in the Foundation’s Global Development and Population program. Sarah manages a portfolio of grants aimed at ensuring that global development policies—both in developing and donor nations—are informed by the best available information and evidence.
Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Sarah worked with the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in a number of roles. Most recently as MCC’s Country Team Lead for Liberia, Sarah also served as senior policy adviser in the MCC’s Department of Policy and Evaluation. In this role, she represented MCC in a number of government-wide initiatives related to the President’s Global Development Policy, and cultivating learning within and beyond MCC through synthesis of lessons from MCC’s model.
Prior to joining the MCC, Sarah worked with the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington-based policy research center focused on international development. During CGD’s start-up phase, Sarah led strategy to make CGD research influential for legislative and executive branch policy makers, advocacy groups, and the general public. Sarah has traveled and conducted policy analysis throughout Africa and Central America, and worked for over three years with local NGOs in southern Mexico.
Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a degree in Latin American Studies. She holds a masters degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Political and Economic Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.