HIGH IMPACT FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
Sarah Greenberg, Director of Real Estate Underwriting
As Director of Real Estate Underwriting at High Impact, Sarah is responsible for leading the real estate underwriting team. She also leverages her two decades of experience in affordable housing and community investment to support High Impact’s strategic consulting services. Sarah has specialized experience with real estate projects with multiple subsidy sources, enterprise-level investments, portfolio management, and troubled loan workouts.
Prior to joining High Impact, Sarah ran her own consulting firm, Greenberg Strategies LLC, where she provided advisory services to CDFIs, government entities, philanthropic organizations, and intermediaries across the country. She also served as an on-call Senior Community Development Specialist for ICF, a global consulting firm that supports HUD under the Community Compass technical assistance and capacity building program.
Sarah has also served as Senior Vice President and Regional Director for Forward Community Investments, a statewide CDFI and CDE in Wisconsin that makes loans and New Markets Tax Credit investments in affordable housing and community facilities projects, where she developed specialized lending products to support single-family housing development and emerging minority real estate developers. She also served as Director of Lending for the Northwest Side CDC, a CDFI that provides loans to attract businesses to disinvested Milwaukee communities.
Prior to relocating to Milwaukee in 2014, Sarah spent more than 12 years working for national organizations in Washington, DC. She was the Senior Vice President for Resource Development at NeighborWorks America and was also one of the founders of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), a national organization formed to stabilize neighborhoods impacted by the housing crisis. Early in her career, Sarah worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she helped obtain CDFI designation and a technical assistance award for NT CDFI, Inc., the first national historic preservation-focused loan fund.
Sarah actively gives back to the community, serving on the boards of several organizations including Historic Milwaukee, Housing Resources, Inc., the Regional Transit Leadership Council, and the TEMPO Milwaukee Foundation. She sits on the loan committee for the Wisconsin Preservation Fund and serves as an Advisory Board member and mentor for Mission Fuel, a social enterprise accelerator based at Cardinal Stritch University. Finally, she is a member of the CDFI Women’s Network and the Wisconsin chapter of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women).
Sarah has a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Tiffin University. She has completed leadership fellowships with the American Planning Association and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, along with professional certificates from Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.