Padmini Parthasarathy is the Senior Program Officer for the Walter & Elise Haas Fund’s Economic Security program. Prior to joining the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, she served as the program director at The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) where she managed grantmaking related to advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities. Prior to that, she was a program manager for Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Benefit Department where she directed grants that addressed community health through policy, systems and environmental change strategies. She also managed Kaiser Permanente’s nationwide Community Health Needs Assessment process and supported the execution of the national Obesity Prevention and Treatment initiative. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, Parthasarathy worked for Contra Costa Health Services’ Family, Maternal and Child Health Programs where she coordinated the Life Course Initiative, managing the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Building Economic Security Today project. She also oversaw a variety of projects related to perinatal health, oral health, adolescent health and access to care.
Active in her community, Parthasarathy recently chaired the board of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and continues to volunteer with the organization.
Parthasarathy earned her master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior, with a minor in sociology, from the University of California, Irvine.