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Sara Agarwal

Vice President, Development and Communications

Sara Agarwal is ISC’s Vice President of Development and Communications. In this role, she both leads and supports ISC’s efforts to broaden ISC’s revenue base as well as to help ensure that all financial supporters of ISC remain supremely happy with their decision to invest in the organization’s mission. In addition, she oversees all communication and messaging efforts.

Prior to ISC, Sara spent 20+ years at the intersection of business and the social sector, both domestically and internationally. She spent 14+ years in the technology sector (including for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Verizon) focused on corporate social responsibility initiatives, business development, product innovation, and marketing. In these various roles, she worked closely with government leaders, corporate leaders, and donor organizations to achieve social impact. She spent more than six years with two different donor institutions (the African Development Bank and the North American Development Bank), overseeing large scale environmental and development projects in Africa and the United States. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Sara holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the Lucius N. Littauer Fellowship for academic achievement, public service, and potential for future leadership. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

In her spare time, Sara serves as an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service and is a board member of an award-winning Montessori preschool she co-founded in the District of Columbia. She speaks fluent Spanish and French. Sara has published in The Next Web, Stanford’s Social Innovation Review, and the IMF’s Finance and Development Magazine. She has a patent pending for an education solution linking adaptive learning content and assessments.

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