Sarah Dougherty
Senior Consultant

Sarah is an urban planner and climate resilience specialist with deep experience in waterfront planning and design for sea-level rise, business development, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy.

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ABOUT
Sarah

Sarah has over a decade of experience leveraging resilience and sustainability initiatives to drive equitable outcomes for under-served communities. As an urban planner, Sarah possesses technical skills in waterfront zoning and land use, resilient design, planning for equitable outcomes, and public engagement. As a writer and creative, she is passionate about bridging technical fields with powerful communications.

Most recently, Sarah helped write and scale the national WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) rating system at the Waterfront Alliance, which won the American Planning Association’s Gold Achievement Award for Best Practice in 2019. She also initiated DEI practices at the Waterfront Alliance and authored a report on breaking down barriers to the waterfront, which informed the Department of City Planning’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.

Before that, Sarah worked in international development with the World Resources Institute. She also worked in operations at Brooklyn Bridge Park and served in AmeriCorps, conducting tree stewardship outreach for Bloomberg’s MillionTreesNYC campaign.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University. Sarah is WELL AP and WEDG Certified, an Association for a Better New York Steering Committee Member, rescue dog mom, plant enthusiast, and runner.

AREAs of expertise
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Ports +Maritime Industries

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Urban Development

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Real Estate Advisory

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Public Health & Wellness

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Resiliency & Sustainability

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Stakeholder Engagement

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Strategic Planning

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Qualitative Research

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Policy Design, Development & Analysis

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Urban Design

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Project Management

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Ports & Waterfront

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Program Operations & Execution

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Energy Policy