Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw

On Temporary Assignment

Sarah Ladislaw is currently taking a leave of absence and working on the energy transition for the National Security Council.


Sarah was previously senior vice president and director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she led the think tank’s work in energy policy, geopolitics, and technology analysis. She spearheaded new work at CSIS on climate change and foreign policy, deep decarbonization, and just transitions.

Before CSIS, Sarah worked in the Office of the Americas in the US Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she covered a range of economic, political, and energy issues in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, she spent a short time working at Statoil as its senior director for international affairs in the Washington office.

She is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Initiative and the University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies Board of Advisors.


B.A., International Affairs/East Asian Studies and Japanese language, The George Washington University
M.A., International Affairs/International Security, The George Washington University


Washington, D.C.