Some notes about Sara's background.

Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker who works to create and preserve great places. 

Sara is one of the country’s leading experts in the areas of property law, land use, historic preservation, urban planning, and renewable energy.  She holds an endowed chair at UConn Law School, and this academic year holds visiting positions at the Yale School of Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design.  Sara has held national positions in academic associations and currently advises the Sustainable Development Code and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, serves on the board of Latinos for Heritage Conservation, and leads Desegregate Connecticut.  She has also served as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, as well as at universities in Switzerland and Korea. 

Sara was educated at Yale Law School (as a Truman Scholar), the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Texas at Austin.  A highlight during her law school career was clerking for then-Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor (now on the U.S. Supreme Court).  A seventh-generation Texan, Sara is a native Houstonian.  She grew up working in her grandparents’ Mexican restaurant.  

CONSULTING:  As a consultant, Sara has negotiated hundreds of project documents with developers, owners, architects, construction managers, neighbors, investors, and public entities at all levels.  She has also advised a range of public and private clients and has served as an expert witness. 

SPEAKING:  Sara speaks in academic, professional, and popular formats.  She has been invited to top law and architecture programs around the world.  And she has lectured at the national American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, GreenBuild, and National Trust for Historic Preservation conferences, among others. 

MEDIA:  Sara is versatile with TV, radio, and print media and has been featured on CNN, PBSNewsHour, Cheddar, and other networks. She has been quoted in the New York TimesWashington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA TodayHuffington Post, SalonLaw360, and other publications. 

PUBLICATIONS:  Sara has published several books and treatises on zoning and historic preservation law, and she is helping to write the once-in-a-generation Restatement of Property Law.  She has also authored dozens of other publications, from law review articles to op/eds in the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesThe Hill, Fox Business, and other publications. 

SERVICE:  Sara is proudest of leading nationally-recognized land use reforms for the City of Hartford:  zoning regulations, subdivision regulations, inland wetland regulations, housing code, climate action plan, and city plan.   

For more details, click on the drop-down menus below or download her CV as a PDF. 



  • Honors: Harry S Truman Scholarship; Hamilton Fellowship (full tuition at Columbia); Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship; Public Service Fellowship
  • Activities: Director, Community and Economic Development Clinic; Extern, then-Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor; Intern, Skadden (Tokyo) and Vinson & Elkins (Houston)
  • Transferred after first year from Columbia University School of Law


  • Honor: Rhodes Scholarship
  • Thesis: Living History:  Residential Historic Districts of Washington, DC
  • Activities: Co-Founder and Publisher, Oxonian Review of Books


  • Minor: Spanish
  • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Rho Chi Medal in architecture; Distinguished College of Liberal Arts Graduate; 7 travel fellowships to Bosnia, Russia, Spain, and Turkey
  • Thesis: Making a Home in Texas Colonias (won Model Thesis Award)
  • Activities: Chair, Student Senate; Member, Faculty Council and Faculty Buildings Committee



  • Thomas F. Gallivan Endowed Chair in Real Property Law, 2016-present; Professor, 2013-2016; Associate Professor, 2008-2013; Gallivan Research Professor of Law, 2006-2008
    • First Latina tenured, and first awarded an endowed chair, at the Law School
    • Teaches property, land use, historic preservation, and renewable energy law
  • Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law, 2013-2021; Co-Founder and Co-Faculty Director, 2009-2013
    • Awarded $120,000 U.S. HUD grant and a $200,000 National Disaster Resilience grant
    • Helped establish the Certificate in Energy and Environmental Law (given to about 10% of graduating J.D.s) and LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law
    • Helped establish an interdisciplinary Masters in Energy and Environmental Management
  • Faculty, UConn Transportation, Technology, and Society Research Group, 2017-2020
    • Awarded $150,000, three-year Academic Plan Grant
    • Evaluates policy and engineering issues related to autonomous and electric vehicles
  • Affiliate Faculty of:
    • Connecticut Institute of Resilience and Climate Adaptation, 2020-present
    • Department of Public Policy, 2019-present
    • Sustainable Global Cities Initiative, 2019-present
    • Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, 2010-present


  • Visiting Professor, Yale School of Architecture, spring 2021

  • Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, 2020-2021

  • Distinguished Energy Law Scholar in Residence, Vermont Law School, 2017

  • Elected Member, American Law Institute, 2015-present

  • American Association of Law Schools: 
    • State and Local Government Section, Chair 2015-2016, Executive Committee 2013-2015
    • Property Section, Executive Committee 2019-present and 2013-2015
    • Natural Resources and Energy Section, Executive Committee 2015-2018


  • Visiting Professor, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University Law School, Paris, 2019
  • UConn Korea LL.M. Program Professor, Hallym University of Graduate Studies, Seoul, 2019
  • Visiting Professor, University of St. Gallen Law School, Switzerland, 2016
  • Lecturer (one-time):  University of Oxford (England), Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Renmin University (Beijing), Queen Mary’s University (Edinburgh), and Queen’s University (Belfast)



  • Key to the City: How Zoning Rules Rule Our Lives (W.W. Norton & Co. Press), forthcoming 2022  
  • Restatement (Fourth) of Property, with Henry E. Smith et al., 2015-present  
    • Regarded by judges and lawyers as the definitive guide to the common law
    • Drafted volume on Land Use (never before covered in a Restatement)
  • Rathkopf’s The Law of Zoning and Planning, with Dwight H. Merriam, 2014-present
  • Land Use Regulation, with Stewart Sterk and Eduardo Peñalver, 2016 (2d ed.), 2020 (3d ed.)

  • Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell, with Ryan M. Rowberry, 2014 (1st ed.), 2018 (2d ed.)

  • Historic Preservation Law, with J. Peter Byrne, 2012 (1st ed.), forthcoming 2021 (2d ed.) 


Property & Land Use 

  • Titling the Unowned Commons, work in progress
  • Exclusion, Control, and Consequence in 2,622 Zoning Districts, work in progress 
  • Transportation and Land Use, for Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Michael Gerrard, Jody Freeman, and Michael Burger, eds. (American Bar Association Press), forthcoming 2022
  • Zoning for Families, Indiana Law Journal, 2020, reviewed in JOTWELL (Journal of Things We Like Lots)
  • Comprehensive Rezonings, BYU Law Review, 2019
  • The Quiet Revolution Revived: Sustainable Design, Land Use Regulation, and the States, Minnesota Law Review, 2008.reprinted in Land Use & Environmental Law Review, Issues in Construction & Technology, and Environmental Law Reporter
  • Wrestling with MUDs to Pin Down the Truth about Special Districts, Fordham Law Review, 2007
  • Beyond Worship: The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 and Religious Institutions’ Auxiliary Uses, Yale Law & Policy Review, 2006, reprinted in the 2007 Planning & Zoning Handbook
  • “Gone Too Far”: Oregon’s Measure 37 and the Perils of Over-Regulating Land Use, Yale Law & Policy Review, 2005

Energy & Climate

  • Rules of the Road: The Struggle for Safety and the Unmet Promise of Federalism, Iowa Law Review, 2021
  • Aligning Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency: Legal Reforms to Support the “Greenest Buildings,” UPenn Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Policy Digest, 2021
  • Adapting National Preservation Standards to Climate Change, for Toward Sustainability and Equity: Envisioning Preservation Policy Reform, Erica Avrami, ed. (Columbia University Press), 2021
  • What the Pandemic Can Teach Climate Attorneys, Stanford L. Rev. Online, 2020
  • Solar Rights in the United States, for Delivering Energy Policy in the EU and US: A Multi-Disciplinary Reader, Raphael Heffron and Gavin Little, eds. (Edinburgh University Press), 2016
  • Energy in the Ecopolis, Environmental Law Reporter, 2015
  • Community-Scale Renewable Energy, with Hannah J. Wiseman, San Diego Journal of Climate Change & Energy Law, 2013, reprinted in Joel Eisen et al., Energy, Economics, and the Environment
  • The Promise and Perils of Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands, for Tribes, Land, and the Environment,Sarah Krakoff and Ezra Rosser, eds. (Ashgate Publishing), 2012, reprinted in Tulane Environmental Law Journal
  • Building-Related Renewable Energy and 360 State Street, Vanderbilt Law Review, 2012
  • Solar Rights for Texas Property Owners, Texas Law Review See Also, 2011
  • Curbing Energy Sprawl with Microgrids, Connecticut Law Review, 2010
  • Modern Lights, University of Colorado Law Review, 2009
  • Solar Rights, Boston University Law Review, 2009, reprinted in the Renewable Energy Reader and the 2010 Planning and Zoning Handbook

Historic Preservation

  • A Census of Local Historic Regulation: Methodology and Results, work in progress
  • Law’s Disaster: Heritage at Risk, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, forthcoming 2021
  • Integrity as a Legal Concept, Change Over Time, forthcoming 2021
  • Heritage-Related Disaster Policy in the United States, for The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Law: Risk, Recovery, and Redevelopment, Susan Kuo et al., eds. (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming 2021
  • Adapting National Preservation Standards to Climate Change, for Toward Sustainability and Equity: Envisioning Preservation Policy Reform, Erica Avrami, ed. (Columbia University Press), forthcoming 2021
  • Historic Preservation Law, for Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions: From Brownfields to Green Buildings 5th ed., Kevin R. Murray ed. (American Bar Association Press), 2020
  • National Report – United States, Architectural Heritage, Sites, and Landscapes Seized by Urban Law, David Renders et al., eds. (Bruylant Press), 2019, translated into French
  • Rehabilitating Rehab through State Building Codes, Yale Law Journal, 2006 



  • Thinking Big in Thinking Small:  Are Tiny Homes the Solution to Our Housing Crisis?, reviewing Lisa B. Alexander for JOTWELL (Journal of Things We Like Lots), 2020


  • The Rules that Made U.S. Roads So Deadly, Bloomberg CityLab, March 30, 2021
  • How to Fix a National Register of Historic Places that Reflects Mostly White History, L.A. Times, December 15, 2020
  • Zoning Isn’t a Partisan Issue. Why Is Trump Making it One?, The Hill, September 9, 2020
  • Desegregation is the Key to Thriving Suburbs, The Hill, July 25, 2020
  • Harm to Border Irreparable, Brownsville Herald, July 15, 2020
  • How COVID-19 Could be Used to Help with Climate Lawsuits, Fast Company, July 15, 2020
  • For Small Businesses to Survive Outdoors, Parking Laws Must Change, Fox Business, June 22, 2020
  • In Fight for Justice, Zoning Laws that Exclude Low-Income People Must be Changed, The Courier-Journal, June 9, 2020
  • Can City Life Stay More Al Fresco Post-Pandemic?, The Hill, May 5, 2020
  • Coronavirus is a Reminder to Value Parks and Open Spaces, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2020
  • Connecticut Cities, Towns, Cutting Red Tape Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Connecticut Law Tribune, March 23, 2020
  • More Energy-Efficient Buildings Should be a Priority, Hartford Courant, March 17, 2020
  • Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites is a War Crime, Los Angeles. Times, January 5, 2020
  • Border Wall Presents a Paradox for Conservatives, Austin American-Statesman, November 17, 2019
  • Why Preservationists Must Be More Green to Protect Our Historic Places, The Hill, October 25, 2019
  • The Golden Girls Would Violate Zoning Laws, New York Times, July 28, 2019
  • A Recent U.S. Supreme Court Ruling May Seem Like a Win for Those Fighting Government Seizure of Property, But Was it Really?, Hartford Courant, July 7, 2019
  • Stop Destructive Tree-Cutting Plan in Hartford, Hartford Courant, March 21, 2017 (with Andrew Minikowski) 

Professional Publications/Magazines

  • Architects Can Find an Opportunity in Zoning Reform, Architype Magazine, spring 2021
  • A Case for Better Street Design, Planning Magazine, 2021, reprinted in Milestones, 2021
  • Historic and Green in Connecticut, National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Forum, 2020
  • Rethinking Parking Minimums, Planning Magazine, 2018
  • Who Owns Lebanon’s Town Green?, Connecticut Explored, 2018
  • Rezoning the Post-Industrial City: Hartford, American Bar Association Property & Probate, 2017
  • Using Urban Agriculture to Grow Southern New England, Connecticut Planning Magazine, with Laurie Beyranevand et al., 2015
  • Peaceful Coexistence: Independent Microgrids are Coming. Will Franchised Utilities Fight Them or Foster Them?, with Paul McCary, Public Utilities Fortnightly, 2013 
  • New Haven’s Elm City Market: Coop Expands Access to Fresh Food, Communities & Banking, 2011
  • Re-Designing Education: Philadelphia’s Charter High School for Architecture and Design, The Next American City (now Next City), 2006 


Contributing Editor, JOTWELL (Journal of Things We Like Lots), 2020-present   

Peer Reviewer:  Energy Research and Social Science, Journal of the American Planning Association, Land Use & Environmental Law Review, Energies, Law and Social Inquiry, Law and Policy; Journal of Law, Property, and Society 

Co-Editor, Putting People in the AV Drivers’ Seat:  People, Policy, & Law (forthcoming 2021) 

Managing Editor, Next City, 2003-2006 

Senior Editor, Yale and Policy Review, 2004-2006 

Publisher and Founder, Oxonian Review of Books, 2001-2003 

For links to Sara’s publications, click here. 




  • Architecture & Planning: Yale School of Architecture, Cornell School of Architecture and Planning, Penn School of Architecture and Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, Tufts
  • Law: Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Georgetown, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, American, Fordham, Vanderbilt, Utah, Colorado, Maryland, Florida State, Houston, Arizona State, Vermont, Kentucky
  • National academic conferences, such as the American Association of Law Schools 


  • Architecture & Planning: International Downtowns Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, Congress for New Urbanism (New England), Municipal Art Society  
  • Law: International Association for Planning & Urban Law, International Municipal Lawyers’ Association, American Bar Association, American Law Institute
  • Sustainability: U.S. Green Building Council (Greenbuild), Environmental Law Institute, American Solar Energy Society, American Council of Renewable Energy, Farm Aid 

For a full list of speaking engagements, click here.   



  • Quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street JournalUSA Today, Huffington Post, Salon, Law360, Commercial Record, Streetsblog USA, Houston Chronicle, CityLab, and other national media
  • Quoted in all major Connecticut publications, including Hartford Courant, Hartford Business Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune, Connecticut Post, Connecticut Mirror, New Haven Independent, and Record Journal 
  • Op-eds as noted in “Publications” above in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Philadelphia InquirerAustin American-Statesman, Fast Company, and Fox Business, among other places


  • TV interviews with various outlets, including CNN, NBC LX (National), PBSNewsHour, Newsmax, CBC (Canada), Cheddar, and various local television stations around the country (from Hunstville to Boston to the Rio Grande Valley)
  • Radio interviews with Sirius XM, New England News Collaborative, NPR Marketplace, and various local stations around the country 

For a fuller list of media engagements, click here. 


  • Testified before state legislative committees:  Planning & Development; Housing; Energy & Technology; Environment; Finance, Revenue, & Bonding; & General Administration & Elections
  • Wrote or signed on to amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate, and state supreme courts
  • Submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior and to state agencies

Selected examples:

  • Testimony Regarding HB 1024, An Act Concerning Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain Land Use Officials and Certain Sewage Disposal Systems, March 16, 2021
  • Testimony Regarding HB 6570, An Act Concerning Transit-Oriented Development and Municipal Zoning, March 8, 2021
  • Testimony Regarding H6521, An Act Concerning Changes to Zoning and Affordable Housing Requirements Concerning Accessory Dwelling Units and Prohibiting List-Back Agreements, Connecticut General Assembly Housing Committee, March 4, 2021
  • Testimony Regarding SB804, An Act Concerning Inclusion in Certain Communities, Connecticut General Assembly Housing Committee, February 18, 2021
  • Testimony in Favor of HB 5429, An Act Concerning Pedestrian Safety, Vision Zero Council, Speed Limits In Municipalities, Fines And Charges For Certain Violations, The Greenways Commemorative Account And Maintenance Work Zone And School Zone Safety Enforcement, Connecticut General Assembly Transportation Committee, January 27, 2021
  • Brief (Lead Author) for the Historic Preservation Organizations and Legal Scholars as Amici Curiae in support of the City-Respondent, Powell v. City of Houston, No. 19-0689 (Tex.), August 6, 2020
  • Brief for the International Municipal Lawyers Association and Legal Scholars as Amici Curiae in support of the City-Appellee, Portland Pipe Line Corp. et al. v. City of South Portland, No. FED 20-40 (Me.), July 8, 2020
  • Testimony in Favor of HB 5468, An Act Increasing the Aggregate Amount of Tax Credits for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, Connecticut General Assembly Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, March 14, 2020
  • Testimony in Favor of HB 5008, An Act Concerning the Establishment of High-Performance Green Building Standards for Voluntary Adoption by Municipalities, Connecticut General Assembly Energy and Technology Committee, March 3, 2020
  • Testimony in Opposition to Price Cap Proposed for Statewide Shared Clean Energy Facilities, Docket No. 19-07-01, Public Utility Regulatory Authority, February 28, 2020
  • Public Comment in Reconsideration of HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard, Docket Number FR-6111-P-02, October 18, 2019
  • Public Comment in Opposition to Proposed Revisions to the National Historic Preservation Act Regulations, Regulation Identifier Number 1024-AE49, April 22, 2019
  • Brief for the International Municipal Lawyers Association and Legal Scholars as Amici Curiae in support of the City-Appellee, Portland Pipe Line Corp. et al. v. City of South Portland, No. 18-2118 (1st Cir.), April 12, 2019
  • Testimony in Opposition to Historic Preservation Changes, Senate Bill 1107, Connecticut General Assembly General Administration and Elections Committee, March 25, 2019
  • Testimony in Opposition to Historic Preservation Tax Credit Reductions in Governor’s Bill 877, Connecticut General Assembly Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, March 15, 2019
  • Testimony in Opposition to Changes to State Environmental Policy Act in House Bill 6552, Connecticut General Assembly Planning and Development Committee, February 13, 2019
  • Testimony in Support of Hydraulic Fracking Ban in Senate Bill 103, Connecticut General Assembly Environment Committee, February 23, 2018
  • Testimony on Connecticut Airport Authority Draft Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Evaluation for Obstruction Removal, Connecticut Airport Authority, February 7, 2017
  • Testimony in Support of Shared Solar in Senate Bill 334 and in Opposition to House Bill 5427, Connecticut General Assembly Energy and Technology Committee, March 10, 2016
  • Testimony in Opposition to Nonconforming Use provisions in Raised Bill 5486, Connecticut General Assembly Planning and Development Committee, March 4, 2016
  • Brief for the Energy Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in support of Petitioners, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association, 577 U.S. ___ (2016)
  • Testimony in Support of Submetering in Governor’s Bill 6330, Connecticut General Assembly Energy and Technology Committee, March 7, 2013
  • Testimony in Support of Governor’s Nomination of Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Nominee the Honorable Carmen Espinosa, Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee, February 1, 2013
  • Testimony in Support of Green Building Tax Credits in Senate Bill 1033, Connecticut General Assembly Planning and Development Committee, March 6, 2009
  • Testimony in Support of the Smart Growth Legislative Package, Connecticut General Assembly Planning and Development Committee, March 2, 2009
  • Testimony in Support of Green Building Tax Credits in House Bill 5798, Connecticut General Assembly Planning and Development Committee, March 7, 2008




  • Drafted, negotiated, and advised on hundreds of documents, contracts, settlements, and policies
  • Completed analyses for state energy/environment and historic preservation agencies
  • Gave expert assistance or testimony on preservation matters in Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas


  • Helps lead legal team quieting title and preserving a 300-year-old “unowned” town green
  • Collaborates with Attorney General’s Office, town government, and history organizations 


  • Oversaw team developing a $186 million project – the first LEED®-ND Platinum building in the country and the largest apartment building in Connecticut
  • Coordinated federal, State, and City officials; a $7 billion pension fund and other funders; the construction manager; architects, engineers, and consultants; neighbors; and more
  • Helped build coalitions to successfully:
    • Change a state law to allow 360 State tenants to access renewable energy
    • Enact a state law to institute a first-time-ever green building tax credit

For more on Sara’s consulting work, click here.   



Founder and Lead Organizer, 2020-present

  • Initiated coalition focused on statewide land use reforms
  • Organized and strategized with over 50 volunteers and 68 organizational coalition members
  • Conducted, oversaw, and/or communicated research on housing, zoning, and segregation, including first-in-the-nation statewide Zoning Atlas mapping all zoning districts in the state
  • Raised $95,000 in six months for public education and advocacy efforts
  • Drafted and helped design new website:


  • Board Member, Latinos in Heritage Conservation
  • Advisor, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Advisor, National Sustainable Development Code



Chair, 2014-2020; Commissioner, 2013-2014

  • Oversaw the adoption of the City Plan, 2019-2020
    • Conducted 54 Plan-specific meetings with nearly 1,300 people
    • Developed a survey completed by nearly 900 people
  • Oversaw the drafting/adoption/implementation of the first Climate Action Plan, 2016-2018
    • Helped raise $5 million and developed partnerships with about 100 entities
    • Awards: SustainableCT, U.S. Department of Energy SolSmart
  • Oversaw the drafting/adoption/implementation of a new zoning code, 2014-2016
    • Conducted 75 Code-specific meetings with nearly 1,000 people
    • Awards: Smart Growth America/Form-Based Codes Institute Driehaus Award, Congress for New Urbanism (New England), American Planning Association (Connecticut), Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Connecticut Main Street Center, Connecticut Economic Resource Center, and Capitol Region Council of Governments, Connecticut Economic Development Association
  • Oversaw the drafting/adoption/implementation of subdivision and inland wetlands and watercourses laws, 2014


Chair, 2018-2020; Vice Chair, 2016-2018; Board Member, 2008-2010, 2013-2020; Secretary, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Revolving Loan Fund, 2014-2020

  • Oversaw the drafting/adoption/implementation of Strategic Plan, with input of 300 people
  • Overhauled governing documents, Board committees, fundraising, and communications
  • Drafted and designed new website:
  • Oversaw budget (approx. $1.2 million), endowment investments, and leadership hiring


Chair, 2014-2017; Board Member, 2012-2014

  • Led non-profit law firm providing low-cost legal services to community organizations
  • Secured finances (approx. $600,000 budget) after 50% drop in State funding, by leading effort to clarify mission, accelerate invoicing, restructure staffing, and manage case intake
  • Overhauled Board committees and governance structures 

OTHER – PREVIOUS (highest position, total dates of affiliation shown)

  • COVID-19 Task Force Member, Connecticut Bar Association, 2020-2021 
  • Chair, City of Hartford Energy Improvement District Board, 2017-2020
    • Award: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy “City to Watch”
  • President, Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, 2008-2012
    • Award: Hispanic National Bar Association “Affiliate of the Year” Award
  • Chair, Board Programs Committee, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, 2013-2017
  • Co-Chair, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Bravo! Gala, 2015-2016
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, State of Connecticut School Buildings Advisory Council, 2012-2015
  • Vice Chair, City of Hartford Historic Properties Commission, 2007-2009
  • Secretary, City of Hartford Charter Revision Commission, 2008-09
  • Class Secretary, Rhodes Scholars Class of 2001, 2004-2014

For more on Sara’s public and nonprofit service, click here.  



  • Licensed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Connecticut, and Texas
  • Honors: James W. Cooper Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation; Finalist, Connecticut Law Tribune Attorney of the Year


  • Licensed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and in Connecticut
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional
  • Honors: AIA Connecticut Alice Washburn Award; Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Award; Hartford Preservation Alliance Merit Award


  • Streetsblog USA Hero of the Year Award
  • University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Pro Bene Meritis Award
  • Jack Shannahan Award for Public Service, Connecticut Main Street Center
  • Sustainability Award, Keney Park Sustainability Project
  • Hartford Business Journal Power 50