Board Announces New Executive Director

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Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor

May 19, 2021 (Boise, ID) – The Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Taylor to Executive Director effective May 17, 2021. Taylor most recently served as ISG’s Administrator and will succeed Scot Oliver, who retired in October of 2020.

Since 2018 Taylor has overseen the organization’s main educational program, the Citizens Planning Academy, which is designed to help citizens throughout Idaho become effective advocates on a wide range of planning topics, along with performing many other tasks for Idaho Smart Growth. 

”Sarah Taylor has been instrumental to the organization for many years and we are excited to announce her as the new Executive Director. Her ideas for the organization have inspired me and many others on the board and we cannot wait to see what the future holds with her at the helm. We could not be happier with this announcement, it is a great day for the organization. The future is bright.”

Vice President Sarah Martz

Prior to joining Idaho Smart Growth, Taylor managed a conference and event center in a historic 1920s building in downtown Twin Falls. She also served on the Twin Falls Urban Renewal board during the major redevelopment project for the downtown corridor. Taylor has also served on her neighborhood association board where she championed placemaking and active transportation efforts for her neighborhood. She is a graduate of the College of Southern Idaho and obtained her B.B.A. from Boise State University.

“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me and am excited for the future of the organization. As our state rapidly adjusts to growth, I look forward to expanding our smart growth training and educational programs to better equip communities for a smart growth future,” Taylor said.

As executive director, Taylor will work closely with statewide partners and staff to ensure the organization can continue to adapt to serve communities, citizens, and leaders in creating great places to live. One of her first acts as director will be to coordinate a statewide conference on growth. She will also oversee the Grow Smart Awards event celebration and other programs.

About Idaho Smart Growth

Since 2000, Idaho Smart Growth has collaborated with partners around the state to create great places to live. As our state continues to grow, the urgency of smart growth and the desire to preserve and enhance our quality of life becomes more apparent. Idaho Smart Growth offers a range of programs to help make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and safer for everyone. Learn more at

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