Sarah Tidman
Research Scientist


Sarah Tidman is an expert in emergency management and public health and medical issues and preparedness activities. She has expertise in the design and evaluation of preparedness exercises for all levels of government and has deployed to observe and evaluate real-world response operations. She is also experienced in conducting assessments of emergency management and public health and medical programs and policies.

As program manager for CNA's work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Tidman has contributed to and managed a number of preparedness and corrective action projects. These include designing and evaluating over 50 exercises; analyzing data to develop after-action products and reconstruct timelines of public health and medical responses to real-world incidents and exercises; developing and conducting trainings; and analyzing lessons learned in order to summarize trends.

Tidman has over 10 years of experience in project management, planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting. For three of those years, before coming to CNA, she worked in international settings, particularly in developing countries. The projects encompassed a range of focus areas, including health care, education, gender, the environment, governance and infrastructural development.

Tidman has an M.A. in social anthropology from the University of London, Goldsmiths College, London, U.K.