Sarah Berger Gonzalez
Sarah Berger Gonzalez, Board Member, is currently the Program Manager of the Stanford Basic Income Lab where she manages research activities and operations in support of the Lab’s mission to foster research and promote informed public conversation about basic income and its potential to alleviate poverty, reduce racial and gender inequities, and reduce job precariousness, and promote gender and race equities. Prior to this position, she was as Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank for more than a decade, where she led and worked on multi-disciplinary international teams across 25+ projects, totaling approximately US$1 billion in investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Central Asia. During her more than ten years with the World Bank 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. Her work and passion for a more equitable and just world are integrally connected and inspired by her academic studies in the institutions of Boston College and Georgetown University.