Sara Rogge is director of the Office of the President and chief of staff, Global Policy & Advocacy Division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she provides support and counsel across the division’s efforts to build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs, and other key partners, all in service of increasing awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health priorities.
Most recently, Sara served as deputy director for the Program Advocacy and Communications team, where she led the foundation’s advocacy and communications work on polio eradication. Prior to joining the foundation, Sara was vice president at williamsworks, a strategic advocacy consulting firm, where she provided advocacy, government relations, policy, and fundraising services to a range of non-profit and philanthropist clients.
Sara has also spent a significant portion of her career working in both policy and advocacy in Washington, DC. As deputy policy director for ONE (formerly Debt AIDS Trade Africa - DATA), she was responsible for managing the organization’s portfolio on trade, agriculture and economic development policy as it impacted poor countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining ONE, Sara was director for Market Access at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
Sara has lived and worked in Namibia and Mozambique and has an M.A. in International Economics and African Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Valparaiso University.