Sarah J. Tisch

Principal Project Specialist

Sarah Tisch is a senior social scientist. Dr. Tisch was formerly the project director for the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS NET) Data and Learning Hub activity which manages, shares, and facilitates use of data, information, and knowledge to help achieve the FEWS NET goal of sustainably preventing food insecurity and famine.

Dr. Tisch has led projects funded by USAID; Millennium Challenge Corporation; the U.S. State Department; the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the World Bank; the Ford Foundation; and The Atlantic Philanthropies. Dr. Tisch is a four-time Chief of Party for USAID. For more than 35 years Dr. Tisch served as a senior technical advisor in 38 countries, including seven years of full-time positions in Nepal, Philippines, and Russia, among others, and six years of intensive travel to Indonesia.

In her career, Dr. Tisch has focused on the improvement of livelihoods and unleashing the potential of women and men around the world through agriculture; natural resource management; information technology; gender equality and inclusion; good governance; and civil society. She is skilled in strategy, program management, applied research, monitoring and evaluation, and learning modalities in complex and changing environments. She is passionate about implementation science and the use of evidence to inform decision making and is the co-author of Dilemmas of Development Assistance (Westview Press, 1994).

Sarah Tisch

Ph.D. and M.A., Political Science, Binghamton University (State University of New York); B.A. International Relations and Anthropology, California State University at Chico