Sarah DeFalco, Senior Analyst

Sarah DeFalco has experience analyzing planning and real estate data in order to answer socioeconomic, financial feasibility, and land use policy related questions.  At BJH, Sarah conducts economic impact, retail gap, demographic, and real estate market analyses.

As a part of BJH’s six-month planning process for New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Sarah conducted a market analysis for the Village of Westbury in Long Island, assisted in community outreach efforts, and contributed to writing the Village of Westbury’s Strategic Investment Plan.  Sarah has also recently worked on several economic impact analyses, including the economic impact of New York City’s cultural sector for the New York City Cultural Plan and the economic impact of a planned commercial office and retail development in Brooklyn, NY. 

Food planning and policy is an area of focus for Sarah, both during and before her time at BJH.  At BJH, she has conducted market analyses for a food incubator in Central New York and the Flatbush Caton Market in Brooklyn.  While in college, Sarah conducted interviews with Burmese refugees and community organizers to assess how community gardens aid resettlement in Utica, New York.  Sarah also worked as a research assistant analyzing the socioeconomic factors affecting fresh, local food access in Central New York.  Sarah earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology at Colgate University.