Sarah Brown is the CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private and independent non-profit organization working to promote values, behavior, and policies that reduce both teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among young adults. Before helping to found the Campaign, Brown was a senior study director at the Institute of Medicine, where she directed numerous studies in the broad field of maternal and child health. Her last major report there resulted in the landmark book The Best Intentions: Unintended Pregnancy and the Well-being of Children and Families. She has served on advisory boards of many influential national organizations, including the Guttmacher Institute, the Population Advisory Board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the DC Mayor's Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of Wedlock Births, and Teen People magazine. She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina.
Brown has received numerous awards, including the Institute of Medicine's Cecil Award for Excellence in Research, the John MacQueen Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Martha May Elliot Award of the American Public Health Association, and the Spirit of Service Award from the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention.