Sara Padilla, MPH


Sara Padilla is a senior associate for KHA Inc, where she brings over 18 years of experience in project management, research, planning, and evaluation. In this capacity, she manages timelines, logistics, and materials development across multiple projects, including KHA Inc’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP) initiative and the Presidents' Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy. She supports broader client efforts via communications, project management and coordination, and event planning.

As program director for the national nonprofit Farmers Market Coalition, Ms. Padilla led activities under a USDA-funded sub-award agreement to implement the Farmers Market Metrics research project. Her expertise includes coordinating the delivery of technical assistance focused on farmers’ markets, farm-to-school programs, food policy councils, and healthy retail to communities located across the nation. Additionally, she has provided expertise in leading program and policy development for obesity prevention and chronic and infectious disease prevention programs.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Ms. Padilla is bilingual and has worked in Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. She earned a BA in anthropology at the College of William and Mary and holds an MPH from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.