Sara Grote Cerrell

Founder & Managing Director, Global Change Network

Sara Grote Cerrell brings two decades of political, private sector and nonprofit experience to her clients. Her work is focused on social impact, particularly international development with an emphasis on global health and gender equality. She has created strategies, developed partnerships and managed campaigns for organizations and companies such as PATH, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Marie Stopes International, Maverick Collective/Population Services International, Viacom, Gap Inc. and the Packard Foundation, among many others.

Before founding Global Change Network in 2008, Sara was Vice President at DDB Issues & Advocacy, a social sector practice that was part of DDB Worldwide, a global marketing agency. There, she served as strategy director, overseeing award-winning initiatives for international clients like the Kaiser Family Foundation, Save the Children and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

Sara’s career began in The White House as an aide to First Lady Hillary Clinton, working across several initiatives from health care to women’s rights to children’s issues. She travelled to more than 20 countries on behalf of the First Lady during the time when Mrs. Clinton first began putting gender equality on the international agenda. Additionally, Sara worked on the 1992 and 1996 U.S. presidential campaigns.

Sara serves as Board Chair for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, appointed by former US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun. She also is on the boards of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Global Impact UK. She lives in London with her three teenage children and her husband, a senior executive at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former aide to Vice President Al Gore.