Sophie Sahaf

Chief Program Officer

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As Chief Program Officer, Sophie leads development and execution of LIFT’s program and evaluation strategy. Sophie joined LIFT in 2014 as the first Vice President of Evaluation. Under her leadership, LIFT emerged as a field innovator with the development of a member voice system to ensure parent feedback is used to continually improve LIFT’s program. Last year, Sophie established a partnership with the U.S. Administration for Children and Families to launch a randomized control trial of LIFT’s career and financial coaching program with the goal of informing state and federal programming for TANF and broader safety net benefits.

Before LIFT, Sophie fought global poverty at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency. She started as a Program Officer and ended her seven year tenure as Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Economics, ultimately managing a $10 million research budget focused on workforce development, primary education and health projects and managing teams in Indonesia, Mongolia and Sierra Leone.

Sophie is also a frequent contributor and thought leader on the role of member feedback in continuous improvement efforts and the role of coaching in driving mobility for parents and children. In the last year, she has presented at the Aspen Institute ThinkXChange, APPAM’s Evidence for Action conference and the TANF State Directors’ Conference.

Sophie LIFTs because she knows that when parents thrive, kids thrive. She believes that trusting relationships paired with a goal-oriented program are key to unlocking parents’ potential and intrinsic motivation – and can lead to meaningful and sustainable income gains for both generations.

Sophie completed her undergraduate studies in international relations at Tufts University and received her MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is also a certified Project Management Professional. Based in Washington, D.C., she is the proud mom of a five and two year old.


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