SSRC Staff

Sarah Burd-Sharps

Measure of America


Sarah Burd-Sharps has twenty-five years of experience in human development research, programming, advocacy, and management. Sarah began her career at the United Nations in 1988 working on issues of food security, gender equality, and economic empowerment in Africa and China. She later led UNIFEM’s work in Beijing on the 1995 UN Women’s Conference and supported the nascent NGO movement in China. Most recently, Sarah was Deputy Director of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report Office where she contributed to global human development reports on human rights, globalization, and environmental issues and led UNDP’s work on national human development reports on every continent.

Having seen a need to address the dearth of noneconomic measures of progress in wealthy nations, Sarah left the United Nations in 2007 with a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to produce a report on well-being for the United States. As co-director of Measure of America, Sarah has co-authored human development reports for the United States at the national, state, and local levels and has contributed to in-depth research on such topics as health care reform, child well-being, youth disconnection, and the measurement of social impact.

CO-AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS: The Measure of America Series: Mapping Risks and Resilience 2010-2011 (New York University Press), American Human Development Report 2008-2009 (Columbia University Press). The Portrait Series: A Portrait of Marin (2012), California (2011), Mississippi (2009), and Louisiana (2009).

Programs and Projects

Measure of America
(Program Director)