Executive Director of the US – Pakistan Women’s Council |
Sarah Peck is a career diplomat from Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently the Executive Director of the US-Pakistan Women’s Council, a public-private partnership between American University (AU) and the U.S. State Department, in cooperation with OPEN (the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs). The Council is based at AU in Washington, D.C., and is working to advance economic opportunities for women in Pakistan.
Sarah has extensive experience on regional issues. She previously served as the Political Team Lead at the Office of Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. State Department, where she focused on external politics, the Pakistani general election, human rights, and bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States. Before joining the desk, she worked as a Pearson Fellow for in-coming Secretary of State Kerry at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan. She helped organize Senate hearings on those countries and contributed to staff reports on assistance.
Sarah also served at U.S. Embassy Kabul as the Deputy Rule of Law Coordinator. She coordinated the Embassy’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law and to fight corruption in Afghanistan. She later helped establish a combined joint inter-agency task force at NATO headquarters to help the military fight corruption in Afghanistan.
Sarah began her diplomatic career as a political officer in Prague, where she reported on Czech efforts to promote democracy. She also served as a consular officer in Manila.
Sarah has received numerous Meritorious Honor Awards for, among other things, political reporting, leadership, and promoting justice in Afghanistan. In 2010, she was nominated for the Robert C. Fraser Memorial Award for her policy-related work in Afghanistan.
Prior to entering the State Department, Sarah worked as an attorney in Boston and Paris. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and Northeastern University School of Law.