Sarah Yousuf


Associate Director of City and County Policy
Community Renewal Society

Sarah is the Associate Director of City and County Policy for CRS. Prior to joining the CRS team, Sarah served as the Policy Director for United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations. Sarah led UCCRO’s advocacy efforts in passing The End Booking Stations Act, The Trust Act, and The VOICES Act. Sarah helped coordinate Springfield trips among UCCRO members and organized UCCRO’s lobby day in 2018. Additionally, Sarah facilitated lived experiences with UCCRO member organizations, with the aim of fostering relationships among UCCRO’s broad base.

Prior to working for UCCRO, Sarah worked as the Violence Prevention Coordinator at Enlace Chicago, located in Little Village. As the Violence Prevention Coordinator, Sarah convened the Violence Prevention Collaborative, which consisted of various stakeholders, including representatives from community-based organizations, local churches, the Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Public Schools. Together, the collaborative addressed issues of gang violence within the community by organizing rallies, hosting community peace circles, and participating in education campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the resources available to community residents.

Sarah has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the criminal justice system, as she has worked as a public defender for the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. While there, she represented parents whose children were taken away due to allegations of child abuse and neglect. She has also worked at the California Innocence Project, where she investigated claims of innocence submitted by incarcerated individuals within California. Sarah received her J.D. from California Western School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago.

As the Associate Director of City and County Policy, Sarah leads legislative efforts around the Just Housing Initiative and advises the Community Development team around current housing and employment policies at the local level.