Sarah Petrin

Interim Vice President for Impact and Community
Sarah Petrin

Sarah Dawn Petrin is Truman Center for National Policy’s Senior Advisor for Partnerships, where she cultivates relationships with donors and builds strategic partnerships with external stakeholders.  

Petrin’s prior experience is as an author, nonprofit leader, and peace and security advisor. She is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Petrin previously served as a peace operations and human security analyst with the US Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, where she provided expert advice on UN peacekeeping missions and NATO operations in cooperation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Petrin has also served as a senior civilian advisor to NATO on the protection of civilians, and was the managing director of Protect the People where she facilitated training for the US military and partner nations on vulnerable populations. 

Petrin has over twenty years of experience in the humanitarian sector, leading teams in complex emergencies and advising United Nations agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and non-governmental organizations in over twenty countries.

She graduated from Oxford University with an MS in forced migration and she received a distinction for her research on refugee return and state reconstruction. She also holds a BA in international relations, African studies, and French from Gordon College in Massachusetts. She is the author of BRING RAIN: Helping Humanity in Crisis.

In her spare time, she enjoys running on the national mall and exploring the local food scene.