Sarah Abuobaida 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, who immigrated their family to the US to give their children access to better opportunities, inspired 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 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.
Her love for Orlando goes beyond her professional work. For the past six years, Sarah has helped plan ReThinking the City, a monthly program that builds dialogue within our community about the forces that shape cities. Sarah also hosted the weekly ReThinking the City radio show on WPRK for nearly three years. In 2012, Sarah helped organize the first Startup Weekend and National Day of Civic Hacking events in Orlando and has continued to support the tech community as a volunteer and advisory board member for the Orlando Tech Association. 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 GLBT Center of Orlando, serves as the City of Orlando representative on MetroPlan’s Community Advisory Committee, and is an active member of the League of Women Voters’ affordable housing committee. Sarah volunteers twice a week with the E-CODE program at the Jackson Center.
You can read more about Sarah’s professional and community involvement on Linkedin.