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Sarah Armstrong

Executive Director

Sarah Armstrong is the Executive Director for the Internet Society Foundation. Over the course of her career, her work has spanned non-profit, humanitarian, foundation and international development contexts both in the United States and overseas.  

Her previous position was with Abt Associates where she directed the Marketing Communications department and was responsible for strategy, operations and program management for the communications, marketing and business development functions.

Before joining Abt, Sarah worked as The United States Agency for International Development’s Director of Outreach and Communications in Juba, South Sudan. It was at that time that South Sudan was becoming a new nation. She has also been a consultant to various non-profits and has directed successful programs for a wide range of organizations including AARP; the American Red Cross; and clients of Porter Novelli, an international public relations firm.

In 2004, Sarah established A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Foundation (BTA), a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Sierra Leone, West Africa through the financial support of small, community-based organizations. The organization now develops and maintains school feeding programs in rural and urban areas of Sierra Leone for over 1000 children who are now able to succeed in school because of the nourishment they receive.

Sarah is the recipient of the Humanitarian Leadership Awardawarded by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans of North America. She is a member of the Challenge Leadership Group on Digital Inclusion for MIT, and a member of the WINGS Funders Working Group, a community of thought leaders and changemakers who are committed to ensuring philanthropy reaches its fullest potential as a catalyst for social progress.


Get to know Sarah

Favorite Quote

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage … that human history is thus shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.  And, crossing each other from a million different “centers of energy and daring,” those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert Kennedy

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

I love knowing that we can help improve lives around the world by providing access to the Internet which is for everyone.  I also very much enjoy my colleagues and the creativity and energy they bring to the Foundation.

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie?

My film choice: The Godfather. However, on the other end of things, I could watch The Sound of Music repeatedly.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

I am very much into fitness.  I am a trained instructor in spin, Pilates apparatus as well as Pilates mat. Therefore, I work out a lot.  I also enjoy traveling, experiencing new cultures, seeing family and friends and cooking.

Place in the world you’d love to visit?

New Zealand