For the past few years, Sarah's primary occupation has been raising adorable rapscallions,* but she is, by training and background, an urban planner. This is a town that needs planning, and since the storm, she's been eager to throw her hat into the ring, roll up her sleeves, and set this city straight.
It's been a long road: federal jobs whose funding vaporized on the first day, programs that never quite got off the ground, a variety good ideas and good intentions that fizzled as the powers-that-be scratched their heads and tried to figure out how to deal with this huge mess.
But Sarah is now officially a Rockefeller Fellow, one of the "best and brightest urban development professionals" enlisted by the Rockefeller Foundation "so that the city can accelerate its recovery and rebuilding efforts." It's a two-year program administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence, a combination of professional training from various national redevelopment big-guns and hands-on work with local government and non-profit entities.
Good job, darlin'. Go get 'em! (Now we just need to figure out what to call her: Rockefeller Lady-Fellow? Rock-A-Lady?...)
* Well, raising adorable rapscallions and navigating the administrative tangle of rebuilding our house: insurers, contractors, lawyers, failed governmental bureaucracies, etc. (It's been something close to a full-time job.)