Sarah R. Benton is an Urban Planner with the Housing and Urban Development Division and has been supporting the IDB’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities program since January 2015. She has helped coordinate the program in Belize City, Belize; Nassau, The Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Bridgetown, Barbados. She has professional experience in international planning education programs; foreign language education; real estate; and urban planning research and practice. Before coming to work at the IDB, Sarah earned a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Florida. Her specializations were in sustainable development and planning technologies such as GIS, and her research interests focused on the intersection of citizen security with housing and the built environment. Sarah speaks Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to her native English.