Sarah Elbadri - Principal
Sarah Elbadri is an urban planner, community leader, and a passionate resident of Orlando. Through her work, Sarah has made a clear and deep commitment to making Orlando a better place to live, work, raise a family, and start a business. Sarah came to Orlando to pursue a Masters degree in urban planning from Rollins College. Her parents immigrated their family to the US when Sarah was 4 years old to give their children access to better opportunities. They are the foundation of her passion for better-connected and more equitable communities.
Through experience and study, Sarah knows how important physical, social, and economic connectivity are for the success of a community. Sarah hit the ground running in Orlando and continues to make an impact. As a graduate student used to riding her bike for transportation, she began working with a fellow student to bring bike share to Orlando. Together, they launched the Juice Bike Share program in the City of Orlando. Recognizing the need for more tech talent in Orlando, Sarah served as the first Campus Director for The Iron Yard, a “coding bootcamp” moving students into web development careers. In 2016, as the Executive Director for the SoDo Main Street program, Sarah worked with federal, state, and local partners to help small businesses recover in the wake of the Pulse tragedy. In 2018, she worked for the Andrew Gillum for Governor campaign, helping win a historic primary election. Sarah currently works in transportation planning, economic development, and community engagement through her firm Future Orlando.
Sarah’s love for civic engagement goes beyond her professional work. For the past six years, she has helped plan ReThinking the City, a monthly program that builds dialogue about the forces that shape our cities. Sarah also hosted a weekly “ReThinking the City” radio show on WPRK for nearly three years, and helped organize the first Startup Weekend and National Day of Civic Hacking events in Orlando.
Sarah is Vice President of the Orange County Young Democrats and Secretary of the Democratic Black Caucus. She is a founding board member of the Orlando Bike Coalition, a board member of the LGBT+ Center of Orlando, and serves as the City of Orlando representative on MetroPlan’s Community Advisory Committee.