Sonia Sarkar joined the Democracy Collaborative as Consultant to the Healthcare Engagement Team in May 2018. She most recently served as Chief Policy and Engagement Officer for the Baltimore City Health Department, overseeing multi-stakeholder community engagement, strategic planning, policy activities, and population health initiatives to address health inequity throughout the City. Previously, she was Director of Provider Solutions at AVIA, a health system-led innovation accelerator, where she worked directly with hospital executive leadership to identify and incentivize innovations in patient care.
She began her career with Health Leads, a national social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs --housing; food; employment-- as a standard part of quality care. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, Sonia co-founded and served as campus coordinator for Health Leads’ Baltimore site, and also completed a term as a member of the organization’s national Board of Directors. Subsequently, she served in leadership roles with Health Leads for over a decade, including Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.
Sonia is an RWJF Culture of Health Leader, a Truman Scholar, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper; she previously was named a Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care InciteHealth Fellow and an AcademyHealth/Kresge Foundation Population Health Scholar. Currently, she is a Health Policy Fellow at New America, a Senior Fellow for the Millenial Policy Initiative's Healthcare Commission, and a DrPH candidate and Center for a Livable Future-Lerner Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds B.A. degrees in public health and international studies, as well as an MPH, from Johns Hopkins University. Sonia is also a published poet, with work appearing in the American Journal of Nursing and the Bellevue Literary Review, among others.