Executive Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict
Sarah Holewinski has served as the executive director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict since 2006. The Center advocates for warring parties to be more responsible for civilians before, during and after armed conflict. She has traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Lebanon and Israel to lobby for smarter, more compassionate policies for war victims. Sarah is a frequent commentator on armed conflict with major media outlets, including CNN and the BBC, and has published op-eds in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, USA Today and the International Herald Tribune, among others.
Prior to joining the Center, Sarah was a member of The White House AIDS Policy team throughout President Clinton's second term. She later joined West Wing Writers, a firm of White House speechwriters with clients including former President Clinton and Bill Gates. Sarah consulted for the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center in India, Human Rights Watch in New York, Institute for State Effectiveness in Kosovo and The William J. Clinton Foundation in Rwanda, where she managed an HIV/AIDS awareness initiative for 40 African First Ladies. Sarah received her Bachelor's degree in political theory from Georgetown and her Masters in security policy from Columbia University. Sarah is on the board of directors of InterAction, a senior fellow with Truman National Security Project, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.