Program Officer, Global Development and Population
Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Sarah Lucas worked with the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) for over six years. Most recently as MCC’s Country Team Lead for Liberia, Sarah led a multidisciplinary team to partner with the Government of Liberia to develop investments in support of economic growth and poverty reduction. Previously she served as senior policy adviser in the MCC’s Department of Policy and Evaluation. In this role, Sarah provided strategic leadership on agency priorities that require collaboration across technical areas, and are important for strengthening MCC as a leading institution in global development. She represented MCC in a number of government-wide initiatives related to the President’s Global Development Policy, leveraging MCC’s leadership in evidence-based decision-making, transparency and accountability to inform U.S. development efforts. She helps cultivate learning within and beyond MCC through synthesis of lessons from MCC’s model, fostering collaboration across disciplines, and applying lessons to improve the effectiveness of MCC’s work. Sarah also served for several years in MCC’s Department of Compact Implementation, where she was responsible for a variety of internal organizational and management issues, developing systems to streamline operations, improving coordination among MCC’s divisions, and refining the institution’s approach to the implementation of its Compacts with eligible countries.
Prior to joining the MCC, Sarah spent five years 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. While at CGD, Sarah created two flagship programs, Rich World Poor World: A Guide to Global Development, a series to increase public understanding of why development matters to Americans; and MCA Monitor, to foster accountability of MCC policy and practice. 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.