Sarah Berger Gonzalez
Sarah Berger Gonzalez, Acting Board Secretary & Board Member, is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago where she focuses on building an evidence base and scalable policy solutions to address the social disparities and inequities facing youth at-risk of experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Prior to this position, she was the Program Manager of the Stanford Basic Income Lab where she led activities linking basic income pilots to policy.
Preceding her work with the Stanford Basic Income Lab, Sarah spent more than a decade at the World Bank where she supported the design and evaluation of cash transfer programs to invest in and build human capital; bridged financial and social sectors, uniting stakeholders towards common strategic goals to scale the impact of targeted investments to build assets, financial resiliency, and sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable and marginalized populations; and, collaborated with beneficiaries, thought leaders, governments, and field practitioners to build innovative programs and strategies that respond to the signs of the times.
An early formative professional experience was founding the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), a social justice advocacy network, and serving as its first Executive Director. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Osorno, Chile where she researched the effect of the application of the Indigenous Law for the Mapuche.
Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences at Boston College and her Master of Arts in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her work and passion for a more equitable and just world are integrally connected and inspired by her academic studies at these institutions.