Sawyer Baker is the Program Officer for the Global Disaster Preparedness Center, which is a reference center co-hosted by the American Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Since joining the GDPC in November 2014, Sawyer has worked at the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva as staff-on-loan and has presented at various conferences on how the Center has been able to scale globally and localize disaster preparedness programming. She is currently supporting the Center’s newest flagship program, the Business Preparedness Initiative, which aims to save lives, protect livelihoods, and shorten recovery time by providing small businesses with an adaptable suite of preparedness tools and services.
Before coming to the American Red Cross, Sawyer interned at the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Pathways to Housing DC, and was a Red Cross volunteer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Iowa State University, where she also served as an ex-officio member of the Ames City Council. Sawyer holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University.