Sara Surface(she/her and they/them) | Deputy Director

    S ara joined the ERC in November 2019 and serves as the Deputy Director. In this role, they oversee the ERC’s fair housing, accessibility, employment, and strategic initiatives testing investigations and advance quality control in the testing program. Prior to joining the ERC, Sara worked as the Fair Housing Enforcement Manager for Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia. In this role, she oversaw the testing program, managed systemic investigations, and worked on some of the nation’s first fair housing cases focused on enforcement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2016 Criminal History Guidance. Prior to their work in civil rights testing, Sara worked in sexual assault prevention and response at the campus and community levels.  Sara is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Global Development Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

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