Sarah Cohen Wood has more than 25 years of experience in civil society reform, governance systems, conflict prevention and mitigation, monitoring and evaluation, participatory public planning processes, anti-corruption, institutional strengthening, alternative dispute resolution, and gender and social inclusion analysis. She is currently ME&A’s chief of party for the Jamaica Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support (JAMEL) for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Activity. JAMEL is a locally led partnership with the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) Ministry of National Security providing robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) tools and local stakeholder capacity building to prevent youth crime and violence. Ms. Wood previously served as a team leader for ME&A on an evaluation of a USAID-funded activity aimed at building the capacity of the Government of Kenya and local communities in identifying and responding to violent extremism.
Before joining ME&A, Ms. Wood served as a senior researcher on preventing violent extremism at the United Nations Development Programme Oslo Governance Centre and as a chief of party, team leader, and lead researcher for USAID programs and evaluations related to violence and conflict prevention in Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia, and Timor Leste. She also served as a senior social cohesion and protection advisor to the Government of Timor-Leste’s Ministry for Social Solidarity and the National Directorate for Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention. Earlier in her career, she worked for USAID in the Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau; the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance; and as a USAID liaison with the U.S. Department of State’s Office for Conflict, Reconstruction and Stabilization. Ms. Wood holds an M.A. in International Comparative Development from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Applied Anthropology from Appalachian State University.