Padmini Parthasarathy, California Wellness Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FOCUS AREAS: Advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act; promoting employment and asset-building opportunities

CONTACT: (818) 702–1900; pparthasarathy@calwellness.org

PROFILE: Padmini Parthasarathy is the CWF program director in charge of grantmaking that advances health care reform, the Affordable Healthcare Act, employment, and asset-building opportunities. She joined the staff in January 2014. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations, and monitoring active grants. Parthasarathy’s bio on the CWF website shares:

Padmini Parthasarathy is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she currently manages grantmaking related to advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in January 2014, 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 chairs the board of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and serves on the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee of the March of Dimes, California Chapter.

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.