Sarah Smith

Director, Learning and Evaluation

As Director, Learning and Evaluation, Sarah is responsible for developing the organization’s overall approach to utilizing data, evaluation, learning, and research to help the Foundation and its partners measure progress, influence strategy, and share insights. She works with the team to foster a culture of learning to strengthen and accelerate the Foundation’s work toward its mission.

Sarah joined the Blue Cross NC Foundation in early 2020. Prior to joining the organization, she worked at Missouri Foundation for Health as a Learning Officer where she was responsible for developing structures and systems to monitor progress and assess effectiveness on multiple programmatic and operational teams.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in music and psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle and both a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.

What I love about my work:

I believe learning and evaluation can be a powerful tool to drive systems-level change and further equity. I love working with individuals and teams to help them glean insights from their work and develop new ideas to approach complex issues.

When not at my desk:

You will likely find me with my nose in a book, practicing bassoon, attending a concert, or exploring the local restaurant scene.

Favorite thing about North Carolina:

New to North Carolina, I am excited to experience the state’s art, music, trails, food, and sports!