BIO

Some notes about Sara's background.

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker whose interdisciplinary work focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. 

 In addition to her books and treatises on land use and historic preservation law, she has written over two dozen articles on renewable energy, climate change, housing, urban planning, transportation, real estate development, and federalism. She also serves as the lead author of the land use volume of the forthcoming Restatement (Fourth) of Property. Among other current projects, Bronin leads the research team behind the Connecticut Zoning Atlas, the first  interactive GIS map of all of the zoning regulations in a single state.  Her book, Key to the City, under contract with W.W. Norton Press, will explore how zoning shapes our lives.  

Among other visiting positions, Bronin has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Kleinman Center on Energy Policy and the Sorbonne.  Among other scholarly service, Bronin is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a past chair of the State & Local Government Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Active in public service, Professor Bronin is an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sustainable Development Code and a board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation.  As the founder of Desegregate Connecticut, she led a coalition that successfully supported the adoption of the first major zoning reforms in Connecticut in several decades. Previously, she led the nationally-recognized efforts of the City of Hartford to adopt a climate action plan and city plan, and to overhaul the zoning code. 

Bronin holds a J.D. from Yale Law School (Truman Scholar), masters in history from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and B.Arch./B.A. from the University of Texas.  While in law school, she clerked for then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  A seventh-generation Texan, Sara is a native Houstonian.  She grew up working in her grandparents’ Mexican restaurant.    

For more details, download Sara’s CV as a PDF.