Sophie Sahaf

Chief Program Officer

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As Chief Program Officer, Sophie leads LIFT’s national program strategy, design, implementation and evaluation. Sophie joined LIFT in 2014 as Vice President, Evaluation and in her role, built LIFT’s first national evaluation department. 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. More recently, Sophie established a partnership with the U.S. Administration for Children and Families to launch a randomized control trial of our career and financial coaching program to inform future changes to Federal welfare policy.

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

Sophie is also a frequent contributor and thought leader on the role of member feedback in evaluation, having co-authored “Making Tomorrow Better Together. Aspen Two Gen Outcomes Working Group Report (2015)” and “Listening Better: 10 Lessons from LIFT’s Member Survey. LIFT Publication (2016).” She has also presented at the White House, the Aspen Institute ThinkXChange, the SEEP Network Annual Conference and APPAM’s Evidence for Action conference.

Sophie LIFTs because she believes we all need someone in our corner to achieve our highest ambitions. She knows that trusting relationships between LIFT coaches and parents are the key to making meaningful gains in income and building the critical financial cushion needed to achieve true financial stability.

Sophie completed her undergraduate studies in international relations at Tufts University and attended its Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she received a MA. She is also a certified Project Management Professional. Residing in Washington, D.C., she is surrounded by a loving network of family and friends and is the proud mom of a four and one year old.


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