Sarah B. Barnes is the project director of the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center.

She leads the planning, development, and implementation of seminars, workshops, and conferences focusing on maternal health, gender, population, economics, health systems, urbanization, HIV/AIDS, and post-conflict settings, as well as does research related to women’s health and empowerment.

Prior to the Wilson Center, Sarah completed her MPH in Reproductive Health and Community Assessment from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and her MA in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University. Sarah has spent much of the past decade living and working in Beijing, China, and Bangkok, Thailand, where she worked on maternal and newborn health programs, conducted research, and evaluated health projects. Sarah was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan, where she taught in two schools for the Deaf and an orphanage. She has a BA in Psychology from The College of the Holy Cross.