Council Commentary

Sarah de Tournemire Joins Population Council to Lead Development and Engagement

The Population Council welcomes Sarah de Tournemire as the new Vice President of Development and Engagement. A member of the Executive Leadership Team, de Tournemire will oversee the organization’s resource mobilization, communications, and policy efforts.

De Tournemire brings with her more than two decades of experience, including 10 years at senior leadership levels, working to increase awareness and support for global health and development priorities with influential individuals, institutions, policymakers, coalitions, and other key decision-makers.

As the Population Council seeks to increase the volume and diversity of its funding as well as policy influence around the world, de Tournemire will play a critical role in ensuring the effective communication of Population Council’s research and impact.

“In an era when evidence-based policies are under threat, it’s more important than ever that high-quality evidence be generated and communicated with decision-makers in mind,” said Julia Bunting, Population Council President. “Sarah brings deep experience and expertise in making research matter to diverse audiences, and we’re thrilled to have her on our team.”

De Tournemire has a long track-record of advancing the priorities and visibility of organizations that generate research and advocate for evidence-based global health programs and policies. Most recently, de Tournemire was Managing Director at the Synergos Institute where she led resource mobilization and communications teams to secure support for collaborative approaches to social change. In her previous role at Innovations for Poverty Action, de Tournemire built, led, and mentored a team of 18 focused on business development, communications, grants, and special projects for evidence around solutions to global poverty including health, education, governance, finance, and agriculture. She has also held senior positions at Concern Worldwide US, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and New York University.   

De Tournemire earned her Bachelors of Arts in international affairs from The American University of Paris and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from New York University. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and is fluent in French.