Sarah Zahn

Sarah Zahn
Chief Operating Officer
Urban Development + Partners

A 2019 addition to the UDP team, Sarah is an experienced real estate development professional with a passion for projects that strengthen communities and improve the urban environment in which we live. Over her 15+ year career in real estate, Sarah’s project track record includes mixed use infill, multifamily, office, higher education, civic uses and affordable housing. At UDP, Sarah focuses on new business and acquisition, as well as management of predevelopment of activities and finance.

Prior to joining UDP Sarah spent a decade working in real estate development in Portland, first for a nonprofit affordable housing developer where she oversaw development and management of a 700+ unit portfolio of affordable family housing, and then at Gerding Edlen where spent 5 years working on the firm’s public-private portfolio of projects. Most recently, she worked at ZRZ Realty, which was focused on redeveloping a 33-acre former industrial site on the Willamette River into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Sarah started her career in real estate development in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sarah served on the Portland Housing Advisory Commission from 2011-2018 and currently is co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute, an initiative of the Urban Land Institute, of which is also a member. She also sits on the board of the Portland Streetcar and Oregon Smart Growth. In her spare time, Sarah enjoy.s practicing yoga, skiing with her son, playing with her labradoodle and traveling with her family.