Sarah Odio joined DFI in 2016 as a graduate fellow while pursuing a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill. Now, as an Assistant Director, Odio specializes in affordable housing, and has helped urban and rural communities across NC understand their housing needs and attract private investment to mixed-use and mixed-income developments. She also oversees projects that range from commercial adaptive reuse to neighborhood revitalization, and has advised communities on post-disaster downtown recovery. Prior to graduate school, she focused on community and economic development policy as an aide for a Miami-Dade County (FL) commissioner. Odio holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill.