Sarah Engebretsen specializes in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs for marginalized adolescent girls, with a particular interest in West Africa. She joined the Population Council in 2007. She is co-author of Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls & Migration in the Developing World, a report that draws attention to a population of vulnerable adolescent girls who were previously overlooked.
Prior to her work at the Council, Engebretsen conducted contraceptive research at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Global Health Council. She is co-chair and a member of the steering committee of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, a group that informs donors, policymakers, and other key decisionmakers about programmatic, funding, and research priorities for adolescent girls.
Engebretsen holds a master’s of public health from Columbia University’s Department of Population and Family Health, where she specialized in reproductive, adolescent, and child health.