Sarah Moriarty, née Levinson, is a fellow with New America's Future Security Program and one of the seven children of Robert “Bob” Levinson, the longest held hostage in American history. Since Bob was taken in Iran in March 2007, Sarah has been a relentless advocate for her father, and for all American hostages, building relationships across government and private industry, with other hostages and their families, and with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Sarah and her family’s tireless efforts ultimately resulted in credible information pointing to her father’s unnecessary and unjust death in Iranian captivity.
The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage Taking Accountability Act, passed in 2020 and named after Bob, is thanks in large part due to Sarah and her family’s advocacy.
Sarah has a deep desire to bring those Americans wrongfully held abroad home, to provide support to their families in navigating the vast challenges that face hostage families, and to help shape hostage policy focused on awareness, return, deterrence and prevention. Sarah has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Hostage US.
In addition to her hostage advocacy, Sarah is a change management professional and action-oriented problem solver, with a 20 year plus record of success spanning multiple industries. Sarah currently leads US Change Management efforts at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Sarah graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Central Florida and has her M.B.A. from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. She lives in a small town in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons.