Sadaf holds a BS in Biology and Political Science and a MS in Public Policy and Global Management. She was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, an ACCESS Women in Science Scholar, Desert News Foundation Fellow, and a human rights writer with Good of All Pendleton Foundation. She lived in South Africa with the US Department of Education Fulbright Program for McNair Scholars where she conducted research on skills development as well as development/grant production for local charities. She worked with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy in the Regional Centre for Conflict Prevention where she conducted research on conflict within the Levant. She is a founding member of a local chapter of the Organization for Women in International Trade and Development. She is now an Associate Director of Regional Major Gifts for the University of Chicago.