Sara OrtegaManager, Policy & Engagement and Special Assistant to the President

    Ms. Ortega provides advisory support and collaborates with the development, communications, Children’s Movement, Salesforce and health policy teams. Ms. Ortega also supports the president on administrative, communication, and project management efforts.

    Prior to joining Children Now, Ms. Ortega interned for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in her Oakland offices. In addition to providing support to constituents, she conducted research in various policy areas, including health access, mental health, and homelessness. While interning for the Congresswoman, Ms. Ortega also worked in the Dean’s office at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where she supported major events and managed communications to the school’s alumni and student networks. She also participated in the prestigious Health Career Connections program, where she interned for Kaiser Permanente Regional Offices. Her work, which continues to be implemented in Kaiser hospitals, positively impacted the practice of more than 4,000 Kaiser staff in the Northern California region.

    Ms. Ortega is pursuing her MPH, Leadership in Practice, at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also has a B.A. in Public Health and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.