Sarah Roma, MPA

Sarah Roma is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience working globally and domestically on programs and policy change for women and girls. 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, strategic planning, and organizational change. She 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 and collaborated with UN, NGO, corporate, and government partners to promote gender equality. During Ms. Roma’s tenure, the UN Foundation’s work focused specifically on adolescent girls, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and women’s economic empowerment.

Prior to her work with the UN Foundation, Ms. Roma 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. She 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. This included leading a global team across Save the Children International to develop the first-ever Advocacy Guide, now the official advocacy resource used by staff across 120 countries and used as a model by other organizations. She also designed and led advocacy capacity building workshops for hundreds of staff and partners from over 40 countries. In addition, Ms. Roma developed the first-ever Advocacy Measurement Tool, now adopted by Save the Children International to track progress and results of advocacy in 120 countries.

Ms. Roma has also worked with various nonprofit 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. 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.


  • MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • BA, Carleton College
Sarah Roma, MPA

SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty

MA in Sustainable Development

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