Sarah Edkins Lien
Director of Communications
Sarah Edkins Lien joined the PEN America team as the organization’s first communications manager in October 2013. Her career spans community service and development, veterans’ affairs, human rights, and the arts. She currently serves as the Director of Communications, developing all outgoing messaging, managing press relationships, and driving social media growth and engagement.
Before joining PEN America, Sarah served as Communications Manager at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, where she coordinated communications between 180 institutional members globally and provided media training to history museums and human rights initiatives throughout the United States and in Lebanon, Egypt, and the Middle East–North Africa region.
From 2009-2011, she worked as Program Coordinator at Iraq Veterans Against the War, liaising between the organization’s military veteran members and their civilian supporters and funders. She started her professional career at the Cheshire YMCA working directly with families to provide transformative experiences for children in need.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies with a concentration in Business from New York University.