Since 2006, Sarah Holewinski has served as executive director of Center for Civilians in Conflict. The Center advocates for warring parties to be more responsible for civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. She has traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Lebanon, and Israel to lobby for smarter, more compassionate policies for war victims. A frequent commentator on armed conflict with major media outlets, including CNN and BBC, she has published op-eds in The Washington Post, USA Today, and the International Herald Tribune, among others.
Holewinski was a member of The White House AIDS Policy team throughout former President Clinton's second term. She later joined West Wing Writers, a firm of White House speechwriters with clients including former President Clinton and Bill Gates. She consulted for the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center in India, Human Rights Watch in New York, the Institute for State Effectiveness in Kosovo, and The William J. Clinton Foundation in Rwanda, where she managed an HIV/AIDS awareness initiative for 40 African First Ladies.
Holewinski received her degree in political theory from Georgetown University and her master's degree in security policy from Columbia University. She is on the board of directors of InterAction, the board of principles of the Truman National Security Project, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.