Sarah Cechvala joined CDA in 2013. Her professional areas of expertise are corporate social impacts, conflict sensitive business, responsible business practice, accountability and feedback loops, and listening processes and methodologies.
Sarah has facilitated collaborative learning processes and field research in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Currently, she manages CDA’s collaborative learning on business and peace and supports the ongoing learning and advisory services on feedback loops and aid effectiveness. Sarah has authored case studies on feedback loops and corporate impacts on peace and has conducted site assessments of corporate operations. She also contributes to articles, guidance documents, toolkits, and frameworks for humanitarian, development, and private sector actors.
Before joining CDA, Sarah conducted mix-method research on displacement, vulnerable populations, and gender-based violence in conflict zones. She has a background in forced displacement and durable solutions for refugees and IDPs, and worked on refugee resettlement efforts in Kenya. She has also designed and facilitated humanitarian response training programs.
Sarah has experience living and working in Latin America and East and Southern Africa. She holds an MA from Georgetown University and an BA from Boston University. Sarah is a native English speaker and is proficient in Spanish.