Sara Padilla, MPH

Ms. Sara Padilla brings over 18 years of experience in project management, research, planning, and evaluation to her work as a Senior Associate for KHA Inc. Ms. Padilla manages project timelines, logistics and materials development across multiple projects, including KHA's Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Environmental Philanthrophy (InDEEP) initiative and the Presidents' Forum.

Previously, 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 infection disease prevention programs.

Ms. Padilla is bilingual, and she 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, OR with her family.