Sara VanLear is an economic development analyst. She collaborates with domestic and international clients to strategize and evaluate economic development projects through mixed qualitative and quantitative methods. Her work is place-based and focused on exploring the ways in which changes in the economy translate into opportunities for those who live there through determining inclusive growth metrics, assessing the exchange between public and private institutions, and identifying key areas of need for equitable progress. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina.