Former Under Secretary of State joins Creative’s Global Advisory Board


May 1, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sarah Sewall, a professor and former high-ranking official at the U.S. State and Defense Departments, has joined Creative Associates International’s Global Advisory Board, the company announced.

She is the seventh member of the Global Advisory Board, comprised of development experts with deep experience as educators, diplomats, military leaders and elected officials. Chaired by President and CEO Leland Kruvant, it is a non-governing body that provides advice to the company’s Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

“Sarah understands the complexities of working in conflict and crisis,” says Kruvant. “Her knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the company as we continue to support communities in some of the world’s most fragile contexts. We are honored to have her on the Global Advisory Board.”

Sewall looks forward to this latest appointment to Creative’s Global Advisory Board, where she will bring her expertise to bear to influence evidence-based and conflict-sensitive development programming.

“I am honored to join such a talented group and to have the opportunity to advance Creative’s mission of supporting people around the world to realize the positive change they seek—a mission to which I am deeply committed,” she says.

Sewall is the Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

Sewall, who served as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights from 2014 to 2017, was responsible for policies on countering violent extremism, refugees and migration, international justice and law enforcement programs, human rights, human trafficking and conflict prevention.

She previously served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping during the Clinton Administration, where she advised the Secretary of Defense and the White House on peace operations and humanitarian assistance.

Sewall has taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, directed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and held the Minerva Chair at the U.S. Naval War College.

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