Amanda Maria Navarro, Chief Impact Officer. Working closely with the President and CEO and COO, Amanda will help shape the organization’s strategic direction to maximize impact and drive innovative results-based efforts. In this new role, Amanda will bring significant experience and a visionary and collaborative leadership style to further advance and accelerate the organization’s impact strategy. Amanda will drive scale and impact by fostering alignment across programmatic functions, measuring outcomes of the organization’s engagements and partnerships, and disseminating lessons being learned from our work across the country. She will continue to direct the national Convergence Partnership, as well as provide strategic guidance on national philanthropic initiatives.
Since joining PolicyLink in 2009, Amanda has worked closely with philanthropic institutions and government agencies, and trained hundreds of diverse leaders and constituencies across the country on a range of strategies to advance racial and health equity. In that time, Amanda has helped shape several signature federal programs to benefit healthy people living in healthy places. These efforts include the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Transformation Grants, and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Amanda has also managed a national network of over 70 philanthropic and health-care institutions that supported hundreds of equitable policy and systems change wins in 42 cities, states, and regions across the country.
Before joining PolicyLink, she worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coordinating several programmatic and research activities related to racial and ethnic health inequities, social determinants of health, and community health promotion. She holds a master of public health from Boston University and a doctor of public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.