Sara McTarnaghan is a master’s degree candidate pursuing a joint degree in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American Studies (graduation May 2015).  She holds a bachelor of arts in international affairs and a minor in Spanish language and literature from George Washington University. After graduation she moved to Santiago, Chile where she worked at the regional headquarters of TECHO, a local organization focused on housing and community development. As an undergrad, Sara completed internships at the US Embassy in Lima, Peru and Global Fairness Initiative, a DC based NGO. She is interested in promoting social justice through more livable and inclusive urban communities and has a research focus on public housing in Chile and Brazil. 


  • MS Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin, May 2015
  • MA Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, May 2015
  • BA International Development, George Washington University, 2011


Sara McTarnaghan  @UTSOA
  • housing
  • social justice
  • public engagement
  • mapping