Sophie Sarkar (she/her) has seven years of experience leading equity and inclusion initiatives in both local and federal government. She most recently worked as an Equity Fellow for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, managing their efforts to mitigate urban heat inequalities through community-led climate adaptation planning. Earlier in her career, Sophie worked for several years as a Planner with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. In this role she built innovative partnerships with institutions and communities to tackle issues around environmental injustice and outdoor access. Some highlights from her experience include working with middle schoolers in North Philly to transform their concrete playground into a community playscape; supporting residents in West Philadelphia to create a vibrant neighborhood greenway; and organizing urban canoeing programs for over 4,000 public school students and families in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Sophie has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics where her research examined experiences of social bias in urban planning education and urban development initiatives. She is a thought partner and facilitator with the Avarna Group, co-founded the PGM ONE Summit, and was recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30. She is also a visual artist and mindfulness facilitator.