Sara Padilla, MPH

Ms. Sara Padilla is a Senior Associate for KHA Inc. Since 2012, she has been responsible for research and logistical support for a series of meetings and projects hosted across the country in coordination with private and public partners, including KHA's Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP) initiative.

Ms. Padilla has over 15 years of experience in project management, healthy food systems promotion and education, planning and evaluation, and human services delivery. She has provided expertise in leading program and policy development for obesity prevention and chronic and infectious disease prevention programs. Previously she oversaw the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative at the Community Food Security Coalition. In this capacity, she coordinated 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, her professional experience includes worksite wellness and chronic disease prevention and risk management for the City of Vancouver, Washington, and the State of Oregon, respectively.

Ms. Padilla served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and has also worked in Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. She earned a BA in Anthropology at the College of William and Mary and an MPH from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She lives in Portland, Oregon.