Sara M. Allinder
Sara M. Allinder is executive director and senior fellow of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. She has extensive experience with the U.S. government in global health, foreign policy, international development, human rights, and program management. For 10 years, she worked on the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Washington and in Uganda, where she served as country coordinator of the $353 million PEPFAR program (2013–2015). She led a staff of more than 200 in preparing the 2013–2015 Country Operational Plan (COPs), served as senior adviser to the ambassador, contributed to the response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act, led development of Uganda’s DREAMS strategy targeting adolescent girls and young women, and revitalized engagement with civil society organizations. In four stints at the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (2003–2016), Allinder was a senior adviser on PEPFAR management and operations issues, including field-based staffing.
Allinder previously served as policy adviser in the Office of International Health Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where she led the policy response to the SARS and Avian Flu outbreaks and served on the Steering Committee for the PMTCT Initiative, which preceded PEPFAR. She served as senior editor for Africa of the Human Rights and International Religious Freedom reports in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department and as writer/editor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. She also has worked for a member of Congress, the Department of the Navy, and a public relations firm. Allinder was a Class of 2000 Presidential Management Fellow. She holds a M.P.P, with a concentration in international development and health, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science and sociology, both from the American University in Washington, D.C.