Sarah Holewinski is executive director of Center for Civilians in Conflict, leading the organization's efforts to make warring parties more responsible for their actions to civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. Under Holewinski's leadership, the Center has developed pragmatic policies and practices for protecting civilians in armed conflict, including the first-ever agreement by NATO to make amends to civilian war victims in Afghanistan and the first civilian protection policy for African forces in Somalia. Prior to joining the Center in 2006, Holewinski was a member of the White House AIDS Policy team and founding member of West Wing Writers, a firm of former White House speechwriters with clients including former President Clinton and Bill Gates. She also consulted for Human Rights Watch and the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS initiative in Rwanda.
Holewinski holds a bachelor's degree in political philosophy from Georgetown University and a master's degree in security policy from Columbia University. She is a senior fellow with Truman National Security Project and a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations. She was also named in the top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).
She is a frequent commentator on civilian protection issues in publications including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. Recently, Holewinski has written about protecting and compensating civilians in war for Foreign Affairs, America's shift to counterterrorism for PRISM, Pentagon policies for The Hill and commented on U.S. drone policy for CNN, BBC Newshour, Wired, and The Huffington Post.