Sarah Skenazy is an urban planner and public health practitioner committed to quantifying and increasing the economic and social benefits of built-environment projects to improve public health and well-being. She works at the intersection of urban design and community development with the central question of how cities can be designed to adapt to climate change while providing for the health of economies and people.
Sarah has graduate degrees in city and regional planning and public health from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked as a researcher, analyst and designer with Perkins + Will, HOK, the Public Health Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Sarah is a current Health and Real Estate fellow with the Green Health Partnership, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and was a 2018 Health in Buildings scholar with the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In her role as an embedded consultant at Google, Sarah provides district-scale urban design, social infrastructure, and evaluation guidance, public health research, and district-scenario testing to equitably improve community health and well-being in Google’s ground-up developments.