Sara Toering is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”
Toering 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, affordable housing policy, and equitable development.
Beginning her career as a tenant organizer in Brooklyn, NY, Toering’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. Toering began her work with Community Progress 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.
Publications include the Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual (June 2013) and Georgia Real Estate Finance & Foreclosure Law, 2019-2020 Edition (Thomson-West, 2019) (with Frank S. Alexander and Sarah Bolling-Mancini.)
Toering received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, a Master’s in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a B.A. from Calvin College.