Archived Biography: Sarah R. Guerrero heads Open Economies’ legal team. The team works with leaders from developing countries’ public and private sectors to evaluate and create the legal and regulatory conditions needed to catalyze digital entrepreneurship and innovation. Sarah leads Open Economies in its effort to build cross-sectoral collaborations among governments, businesses, academics and non-profit organizations, and she oversees the development of Open Economies’ virtual policy center and its online platform for shared learning.
A member of the Massachusetts bar, Sarah was a Corporate and Technology Law associate in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. While at Skadden, Sarah established a partnership between the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and Skadden’s Boston, New York and Washington D.C. offices. She worked closely with members of the Open Economies project and participating Skadden attorneys to foster the collaborative relationship and to guide the two groups on how to best achieve project goals.
When not forming public-private partnerships at the firm, Sarah worked in the corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and e-commerce fields.
Some of the projects on which she assisted include: Praecis Pharmaceuticals Incorporated's 2001 follow-on public offering, CMGI's financing of NaviSite Inc., the sale of Houghton Mifflin Company to Vivendi Universal SA, and a variety of domestic and foreign clients' technology licensing and development agreements.
Sarah also provided general counsel to Burma Border Projects, Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit organization that offers medical assistance to refugees along the Thai-Burmese border.
Sarah’s interest in the global digital divide took hold while in Professor Jonathan Zittrain’s Internet & Society course at Harvard Law School. Sarah wrote a paper entitled, "Greenseed: Narrowing the Global Digital Divide," in which she proposes a method of transferring resources from the U.S. to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the private sector.
Sarah holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Sarah speaks, reads and writes fluent French and advanced Spanish.