Dr. Sara Vecchiotti is the Vice President of Research and Program Innovation at the Foundation for Child Development and is responsible for research, program and grant development and monitoring, as well as communications strategies.
Prior to this position, Dr. Vecchiotti served as the Chief Operating Officer for Lutheran Social Services of New York, overseeing all social service programs including, early care and education, special education, immigration services, homeless housing among other issues. Dr. Vecchiotti also held several leadership positions at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services within the Division of Early Care and Education, including Associate Commissioner of Child Care Operations. Dr. Vecchiotti completed the Society for Research in Child Development Congressional Fellowship in the Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman working on early care and education policy and the Executive Branch Fellowship in the Office of Child Care at the United States Department of Health and Human Services in the Administration for Children and Families. She also held fellowships at the Foundation for Child Development, Yale Child Study Center, Columbia University, Teachers College and the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. She holds a doctorate in applied developmental psychology from Fordham University and law degree from New York Law School.