Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's National Security Directorate

Sarah serves as an advisor on policy and training topics to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) National Security Directorate. In this capacity, she explores the policy implications of PNNL’s technical solutions, focusing on the impact emerging technologies will have on US government nonproliferation missions. Her work has focused on synthetic biology, distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, data privacy, and cybersecurity. She specializes in international safeguards policy and implementation, state systems of accounting for and control of nuclear material development, and nuclear infrastructure development.

Before joining PNNL, Sarah was deputy team lead in the International Nuclear Safeguards and Engagement Program and a Nonproliferation Graduate Program fellow at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an investigative reporter covering national security issues at the National Security New Service in Washington, DC, and a White House intern. She holds degrees from Colby College and Georgetown University.

I am most excited to work on projects that… enable me to work with a variety of experts on topics that have the potential to dramatically improve the nonproliferation system.

I am looking for partners that can help me… connect dots with other disciplines, topics, and technologies in creative ways.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when I worked with a fully functioning team to solve a tricky policy/technology problem.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are those that either disrupt or have the potential to disrupt how we currently act and think.