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Meet the Women of OPIC: Sara Shoff

March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.

Sara Shoff

Environmental Impact Analyst, Office of Investment Policy

 

Photo of Sara Shoff holding a baby chick, Environmental Impact Analyst, Office of Investment Policy, OPIC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Peace Corps, Senegal, women, Women of OPIC, public diplomacy, national security, developing countries, emerging markets, development finance​​​​​​​Tell us a little about yourself:

Before joining OPIC three years ago I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. I worked as an agro-forestry extension agent living and working with rural subsistence farmers to find sustainable ways to protect field crops from erosion and cattle and to identify additional income generating sources. I have also worked for the USDA Forest Service in wildlife biology and tree nurseries.

 

What do you like best about working at OPIC?

I love getting to see projects in person. I have gained a totally different understanding of what our borrowers do, and the individual impact they have, by experiencing it on the ground. I have met women engineers, mechanics, project managers, tractor drivers, veterinary technicians, and general managers who have been supported to challenge local gender norms and succeed in their careers. Seeing the pride they have in their work, and knowing that OPIC helped to provide that job opportunity, gives me pride in the work I do a OPIC.

 

photo of Sara Shoff holding a baby on her lap with three other people sittingIs there a woman who has inspired you?

My best friend in Senegal, Nafi Badji! She is a rural nurse practitioner, women and children’s health advocate, and community leader. She showed me what it means to give your whole heart to serving your community.

 

Will you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I was born and raised in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I would rather be camping, hiking, or skiing than anywhere else in the world.

 

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