Sara Joy Proppe, a native Texan, now resides in the Twin Cities of Minnesota where she works in real estate development and has led several projects totaling over $70 million through the development process, including historic rehab and affordable housing projects. Her passion for integrating her faith and work led her to found Proximity Project in 2014, an initiative to educate, activate, and collaborate with churches to be thoughtful stewards of their local built environment. In this capacity, Sara Joy writes, speaks, and consults on the intersections of theology, urban design, and placemaking.
She writes regularly for Strong Towns blog and has contributed to Comment Magazine and Barna Group. She most recently co-authored Placemaking Your Main Street: A Guide to Community & Commerce in partnership with The Musicant Group, a local placemaking firm. Sara Joy serves as co-chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Minnesota chapter of the Young Leaders Group Executive Committee and sits on the Advisory Board. She is also an active member of Women in Real Estate Development &; Urban Planning (WIRED-UP) in Minnesota and the Congress for New Urbanism. In her free time, she is a committed member of her neighborhood community garden and an avid bicyclist and cook.