Social Entrepreneur In Residence

Sonia Sarkar

Lead, Healing Capital

About Sonia

Sonia Sarkar is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and was recently a New America health policy fellow. Her professional experience includes stints as chief policy and engagement officer at the Baltimore City public health department and Chief of Staff at Health Leads. Sonia has also been an adjunct lecturer at Brown University, a director at AVIA health solutions, and a founding board member of Boston Young Healthcare Professionals.

Currently, she advises national and state-based organizations making the transition from healthcare to health. Sonia is a Truman Scholar, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, a Harvard Medical School Center InciteHealth Fellow, as well as an AcademyHealth/Kresge Foundation Population Health Scholar. Currently, Sonia is a third-year DrPH student in the Healthcare Leadership and Management track at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Lerner Fellow at the Center for a Livable Future, where she examines the intersection of healthcare and food systems/sustainability.

With Common Future, Sonia is investigating solutions to shift capital in healthcare institutions to address wealth and health inequities. She is exploring how communities can redirect public, philanthropic and private sector capital to address the full range of economic determinants of health. As an SEIR, Sonia plans to leverage her facilitative talents, knowledge, and skills to support grassroots organizations in understanding and executing strategies to shift healthcare capital towards initiatives that build both community wealth and health.