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Senior Leadership Team

Sarah Clark, Ph.D.

Sarah Clark, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director, Center for Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Sarah Clark is a distinguished international development leader with more than 30 years of demonstrated experience in positions within government and philanthropic organizations. She currently serves as vice-president and director for the Center for Policy and Advocacy at Futures Group. As the director of the Health Policy Project, she provides strategic direction for a $250 million, five-year cooperative agreement financed by USAID. to improve health policy and outcomes globally. She oversees a headquarters-based staff of almost 60 and an overseas staff of over 200. She provided similar leadership to the Health Policy Initiative, Task Order One, completed in 2010, and she continues oversight for other task orders in Tanzania, South Africa and for HIV costing.

Before joining Futures Group, Dr. Clark served as director of the Population Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California. There, she helped the foundation accomplish its mission of reducing population growth and protecting reproductive rights by enabling women and their families to determine the number and timing of children. She led one of three emblematic grant-making programs of the Packard Foundation and, with Conservation and Science and Children, Family and Communities, presented and defended grants, budget proposals, and results to a multidisciplinary Board of Trustees quarterly meeting. She directed up to 22 staff and managed a grant-making budget of up to $126 million annually.

Before joining the Packard Foundation, she served for more than 22 years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. At USAID, her positions were equally divided between Washington, D.C. and international locations. Further, she served in Washington as deputy executive secretary from 1996-1998, and deputy of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health in the Global Health Bureau. Overseas, she served as deputy mission director of the USAID office in Haiti in1994-96 and mission director in Togo beginning in 1991.

Dr. Clark earned a PhD from Brown University in sociology with a specialization in demography.