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Meet Sarah Terlouw - Executive Director in Northern CA

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the news that IRC has welcomed Sarah Terlouw as the new executive director of the IRC Northern California offices.  Sarah is not new to the IRC family.  She most recently served as the country director for the IRC operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consisting of 6 offices and a team of more than 700 staff across the country.  


Prior to her position in DRC, Sarah served as the IRC country director in Nigeria and Central African Republic, and worked with IRC’s youth programs in the US.  With a wide breadth of experience, Sarah has led efforts to provide high-quality programming in health, nutrition, and education to millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and violence. Sarah holds a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. 


“I’m incredibly excited and energized to join this team. I realize these past few months have been profoundly challenging for IRC staff, volunteers, and the people we serve, and that we are not out of the woods yet. Despite these challenges, I have heard how amazing the IRC team and community throughout Northern California have risen to meet these challenges. 


So I’ll begin with a thank you, for all your support and strength during these recent months, and over the years, as a partner and friend to IRC in Northern California and refugee and newcomer families who now call California home.   It’s quite clear to me already that I’m joining a dedicated and passionate team of professionals who put clients’ needs first no matter how difficult the circumstances.”—Sarah Terlouw, Executive Director, IRC in Northern California

Please join us in welcoming Sarah to the IRC in Northern California team!