Sarah Weilant

Sarah Weilant
Senior Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.P. in public policy, American University


Sarah Weilant is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation researching communities, systems, organizations, and individuals' needs for change. Topics of analysis relate to equity, well-being, resilience, workforce and organizational development, transportation, education, and national security issues using mix-methods applicable to policy and planning. Weilant engages with strategic decisionmakers to design conceptual frameworks, develop metrics, and design and conduct primary data collection through focus groups, interviews, and U.S. nationally representative surveys, and in Southeast Asia and Africa. Bringing her multidisciplinary background to her research, her career prior to RAND included refugee resettlement at the International Rescue Committee, and agricultural extension in the Peace Corps. Weilant holds a Masters degree in public policy from American University's School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in French with a concentration in African studies from Michigan State University.

Selected Publications

Gore, Kristie L., Samantha Cherney, Sarah Weilant, Justin Hummer, Linda Cottrell, and Coreen Farris, Considerations Around the Use of Intensive Outpatient Programs for Service Members Who Experienced Sexual Trauma in the U.S. Military, RAND (RRA668-2), 2023

Weilant, Sarah, Aaron Strong, and Benjamin M. Miller, Incorporating Resilience into Transportation Planning and Assessment, RAND Corporation (RR-3038-TRB), 2019

Linnea Warren May, Laurie T. Martin, Sarah Weilant, Grace Gahlon, Allyson D. Gittens, Douglas Yeung, Rebecca Ann Lawrence, Anita Chandra, COVID-19 Community Response Emerging Themes Across Sentinel Communities, RAND, 2021

Brown, Ryan Andrew, Todd C. Helmus, Rajeev Ramchand, Alina I. Palimaru, Sarah Weilant, Ashley L. Rhoades, and Liisa Hiatt, Violent Extremism in America: Interviews with Former Extremists and Their Families on Radicalization and Deradicalization, RAND Corporation (RR-A1071-1), 2021

Curry Hall, Kimberly, Kirsten M. Keller, David Schulker, Sarah Weilant, Katherine L. Kidder, and Nelson Lim, Improving Gender Diversity in the U.S. Coast Guard: Identifying Barriers to Female Retention, RAND Corporation (RR-2770-DHS), 2019

Tamara Dubowitz1, Christopher Nelson, Sarah Weilant, Jennifer Sloan, Andy Bogart, Carolyn Miller and Anita Chandra, "Factors related to health civic engagement: results from the 2018 National Survey of Health Attitudes to understand progress towards a Culture of Health," BMC Public Health, 2020

Bond, Craig A., Aaron Strong, Nicholas Burger and Sarah Weilant, Guide to the Resilience Dividend Valuation Model, RAND (RR-2130), 2017

Alexander D. Rothenberg, Arya Gaduh, Nicholas E. Burger, Charina Chazali, Indrasari Tjandraningsih, Rini Radikun, Cole Sutera, Sarah Weilant, "Rethinking Indonesia’s Informal Sector," World Development, 80, 2016


French; Wolof