Sarah Oppenheimer

Policy Research Director

Sarah Oppenheimer is the Associate Director of Policy and Research, where her work focuses on bridging Opportunity Insights’ research with applied policy and practice to address poverty and support families’ outcomes. Previously, Sarah served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) where she led development and implementation of research projects and partnerships (including KCHA’s work in the Creating Moves to Opportunity pilot), oversaw program evaluation and learning strategies, and designed approaches for improved data capacity.

Before joining KCHA, Sarah managed research projects at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Division of Public Health Practice and at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Center for Community-Based Research to develop and implement research involving practitioners, policymakers, and academics to address health disparities.  She also worked on evaluations for Building Changes, an intermediary agency to address homelessness, focusing on race and health disparities in families’ experiences of the homeless service system.  Prior to her work in applied research, Sarah worked as a practitioner, first as a case manager for families in Seattle, WA and then directing HIV/AIDS housing programs in Cambridge, MA.

Sarah received her BA from the University of Vermont and holds a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Washington. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington where her research focuses on links between family housing instability and health.