Sarah Heck


Sarah Heck leads entrepreneurship for Stripe, working to enable entrepreneurs around the world to start and grow internet business. She also serves as an advisor on international entrepreneurship and youth programs to the Obama Foundation. Prior to Stripe, Sarah served as Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council at the White House where she worked on global entrepreneurship policy, private sector engagement, youth demographics, and expanding the impact of U.S. public diplomacy on national security. Sarah also held several positions at the U.S. Department of State including Chief of Staff for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and other roles that focused on countering violent extremism strategies, community security, entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in diplomacy.

Before joining the government, Sarah worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, supporting the international work of Fortune 500 companies across industries. Sarah also worked with Amigos de las Americas, where she served as their Country Director in Paraguay, creating and managing rural community development,entrepreneurship, and leadership projects.

Sarah is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of Maryland. She is a Truman National Security Project Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Team Member, and serves on the board of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.