Sarah Burns

Sarah Paula Burns
International Public Affairs Specialist
Sarah Burns is a senior public affairs executive with a background in lobbying, public advocacy and fundraising on issues related to sustainable development and women’s rights. She has particular expertise in creating advocacy and awareness campaigns for international development issues promoting reproductive rights for women and girls.
During the Administration of President Bill Clinton, Ms. Burns worked for the United Nations, serving as Deputy Director of the Washington Office of the United Nations Development Program, representing the organization before the U.S. Congress and White House. She currently serves as an advocate for the United Nations on its National Council of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A.
Ms. Burns earlier served as NGO Liaison for the World Resources Institute, a Washington, DC think tank, promoting collaboration with non-governmental organizations from throughout the world. Her responsibilities related to international sustainable development and the environment, women’s reproductive rights and human rights, and poverty eradication. She was also responsible for outreach to civil society including NGOs, and worked with diplomats, academics, religious leaders and others committed to social and economic justice, sustainable development and reproductive rights.
She has also served as Director of the International Program for Catholics for Free Choice, promoting women’s reproductive rights internationally, and as Associate Director of Accion International, a private, non-profit organization engaged in promoting economic and sustainable development in Latin America.
Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2001, she has been active in local and national political affairs and fundraising, working on sustainable development, human rights and reproductive rights. Most recently was affiliated with UCLA, serving as Director of Development and External Relations for the UCLA Institute of the Environment.
Sarah Burns holds graduate degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Madrid. She is a founding member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and a member of Women of Los Angeles, Inc., and the National Women’s Political Caucus.
She is an experienced public speaker and has represented the NGO community and the United Nations in this country and abroad. She served as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and is currently active in the John Kerry for President Campaign.



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