Sarah Yagoda

Director of Administration, Meridian Center for Global Leadership @ Meridian

Sarah Yagoda joined Meridian in October 2015 and currently serves as Director of Administration within Meridian’s Center for Global Leadership. She collaborates with departments across the organization to streamline processes, procedures, and internal communications related to IT, finance, hiring and onboarding, and staff training for Meridian’s customized exchange and training programs. She also provides as-needed program management support. Prior to this role, Sarah served as a Program Officer, developing and managing several in-person and online professional exchange programs, training programs, and conferences. Her program experience has included participants from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and North America, and her programs have spanned various funders, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), and private sector entities.

Prior to joining Meridian, Sarah worked as a Program Officer with the WASHplus Project at FHI 360, where she provided support to water, sanitation, hygiene, and household air pollution projects across Africa and South Asia. Sarah has a wide range of experience in the international development and education sectors, including serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the microfinance organization Accion USA, teaching English through WorldTeach in China, and organizing a multilateral conference on climate change with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Chile.

Sarah has a dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from The University of Georgia. She possesses a Level II certification in Project Management in Development (PMD Pro) and speaks Spanish, Mandarin, French, and basic Portuguese.