Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith
Senior Director, Education, International Rescue Committee

Sarah Smith, Ed.D., is the Senior Director of Education at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She leads a team of technical, research, measurement and policy advisors, and establishes the vision and direction for the IRC’s Education programs in twenty countries around the world.  Dr. Smith has over twenty years of experience managing and advising programs for children and youth in conflict and post-conflict countries. Working with Sesame Workshop, she led the IRC’s efforts to compete for and win a historic $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to fund the largest early childhood development intervention in the history of humanitarian response. Dr. Smith is a senior fellow at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She was named a 2016 "Leading Global Thinker" by Foreign Policy. Before joining the IRC, Dr. Smith worked for Concern Worldwide and UNHCR in Bangladesh, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. She began her career teaching preschool and elementary school. She earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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