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Sara Toering

Sara Toering

Senior Fellow




Sara is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit focused on transformational change in communities struggling with vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. She’s also a Fellow at the Project on Affordable Housing and Community Development at Emory University School of Law. Beginning over fifteen years ago as a tenant organizer in Brooklyn, NY, Sara’s vocation and expertise are focused on addressing inequities resulting from generations of federal, state and local policy that systematically denied wealth and opportunity to communities of color.  Sara began her work with the CCP after several years in practice at a large Atlanta law firm where she litigated a wide range of complex business matters, and also defended men detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and on Georgia’s death row. Sara currently works with state and local governments and community leaders throughout the country on land banking, code enforcement, tax foreclosure reform and other issues related to neighborhood stabilization. Sara received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, a Masters in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a B.A. from Calvin College. 


Publications: Georgia Real Estate Finance & Foreclosure Law, 2016-2017 Edition (Thomson-West, 2016) (with Frank S. Alexander and Sarah Bolling-Mancini.)


Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual (June 2013)