Strategic Learning & Impact/

Sarah Hanck

Vice PresidentStrategic Learning & Impact, The Rockefeller Foundation

Sarah Hanck leads the Foundation’s Strategic Learning & Impact team, which works closely with program teams, grantees, and learning partners to measure, evaluate, and continuously improve our collective impact.

Ms. Hanck has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating social impact initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Working across the private, non-profit, and academic sectors, Ms. Hanck has helped organizations address some of global health’s most pressing challenges in maternal and child health, HIV, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, human rights, digital health, and health/food systems strengthening.

Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Hanck was a vice president at Rabin Martin, a global health strategy firm. There she developed programs, partnerships, and measurement strategies for corporate social responsibility and philanthropic clients including Merck for Mothers, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies, AstraZeneca, and others.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Hanck led HealthRight International’s Asia portfolio, building interventions and implementation research efforts in Nepal and Vietnam to address maternal and newborn health and HIV. Prior to that, she coordinated a multi-million dollar implementation research effort of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Avahan HIV Initiative.

Ms. Hanck received a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from Yale University.

Authored Content

  • Jun 29 2023
    Perspective Deepening Impact Through Strategic Learning We are committed to measuring our impact, learning from our and our partners’ successes and challenges, and transparently sharing impact and insights to promote dialogue and inform action. Sarah Hanck, Shawna Hoffman
  • Jun 03 2021
    Perspective Calculating the Impact of Next Phase of Covid-19 Testing Scenarios for Schools As more school districts commit to offering in-person learning for most or all of their students, many are grappling with the costs and benefits of conducting routine COVID-19 testing as part of their comprehensive prevention approach, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) recent guidance for K−12 schools. School districts now […] Sarah Hanck