Sarah Stevenson joined Innovative Housing (IHI) as its Executive Director in 2002. A Portland-based nonprofit developer, owner, and operator of affordable housing, IHI owns more than 1,400 affordable rental units in Oregon and Washington. In addition to multifamily real estate development and ownership, IHI provides substantive wraparound services to help its residents maintain their housing, access opportunities, and break the cycle of poverty.
In addition to her work at IHI, Sarah is Co-Chair of the City of Portland Housing Advisory Commission and is a member of Housing Oregon’s Portland Metro Policy Council. She has previously served as Chair of ULI’s Northwest Product Council and as a member of the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee, Prosper Portland’s Central City Budget Advisory Committee, PDC’s Financial Sustainability Committee, and the Advisory Board of Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate.
Prior to joining Innovative Housing, Sarah was an attorney with Lawyers Alliance for New York, where she represented nonprofit developers of low-income and special needs housing and specialized in nonprofit law and affordable housing development.
Sarah's community development work experience also includes positions with California Literacy Inc. in Los Angeles, CA and Jobs for Homeless People in Washington, DC. She was born and raised in North Portland and lives in NE Portland. She has a BA from Stanford University and a JD from New York University School of Law.