Sarah Lowery

Economist and Public-Private Finance Specialist

Sarah Lowery is an Economist and Public-Private Finance Specialist. Ms. Lowery leads work on integrated finance for sustainable land use and responsible private sector investment, and she manages multiple partnerships with companies on land rights. She focuses on the links between secure land tenure, inclusive economic growth, and sustainable environmental management, and manages a portfolio with a heavy emphasis on women’s land rights and economic empowerment, including in partnership with the private sector.

Educational Background

Ms. Lowery holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a master’s degree in Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University. She also has bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business and Japanese Studies from Lafayette College.

Regional Experience

Ms. Lowery has extensive experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also worked on projects in Ghana, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Zambia.

Previous Experience

Ms. Lowery brings over 17 years of experience at the intersection of business, finance and the environment. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Lowery managed the Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative at Forest Trends, where she designed public-private financial mechanisms in Brazil and Colombia that encourage sustainable land use (i.e. reduced deforestation and increased climate-smart agriculture technologies). She has authored several papers on climate finance innovations like REDD+ bonds and ways to utilize climate finance to unlock larger pools of capital like domestic agricultural finance in the pursuit of conservation goals.

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