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Sarah Burd-Sharps is Co-Director and co-Founder of Measure of America, an independent, nonpartisan project to produce the first-ever American Human Development Report.
She is the co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as state- and county-level well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to Measure of America, Burd-Sharps worked for the United Nations for over two decades, with a focus on economic empowerment, democratic governance, and gender equality. Until 2006, she was Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report Office. She has worked on four global Human Development Reports (HDR) and has contributed to national HDR's in every developing region.
Sarah was founding Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Development. As Deputy, she was the highest ranking UN Development Program official in NY representing the Human Development Report for political negotiations and as media spokesperson.
In the year leading up to the Beijing Women's Conference (1994–95), Sarah headed UNIFEM's office in China where she carried out a global media campaign on gender issues, and supported Chinese women's organizations and the nascent NGO movement there. UNIFEM is the UN's agency for women and gender issues. Prior to this position, Sarah worked for four years with UNIFEM's Africa Section on food security issues and economic empowerment, and from 1998–90 in UNDP China as a Program Officer. She has worked in 16 African countries.
In 2001, Sarah was Adviser and Editor to the Berlin-based nonprofit Transparency International for their first Global Corruption Report.
Sarah received a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Sarah has worked for a total of four years in China and has written and spoken on the effects of China's economic reforms on Chinese women. Sarah speaks fluent French and is proficient in Spanish and Chinese.
She contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, and their research has been cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, and the Freakonomics blog.
- Civic Engagement: One Simple Solution to Youth Disconnection (Commentary)
- The Measure of America (PowerPoint) (Policy Library)
- The Measure of America (Videos)
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015