2022 Leadership Journey Project: Creating a culture of equity and learning within philanthropy
Meet Saroj Sedalia – a global health strategist committed to the health of communities around the globe. Her fifteen-year career spans immigrant neighborhoods in New York City, rural villages in East Africa and urban informal settlements in South Asia. Her focus is improving the health of women and their families by generating evidence to inform strategy and policy and designing health programs and partnerships.
At The Rockefeller Foundation, Saroj leads efforts to embed strategic learning practices across all programs. She spends most of her time supporting the Health team with this effort, partnering to create strategies and make sense of evidence to support more impactful implementation.
Saroj’s experience cuts across public and private sectors. At Rabin Martin – a strategy consulting firm – Saroj helps her clients establish leadership in healthcare. As an Associate Partner, Saroj led accounts focused on maternal health, oncology and HIV, among other issues. Saroj also worked with academia, civil society and multilateral organizations – including UNICEF, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Columbia University’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program.
Saroj has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from The Ohio State University. In between degrees, Saroj was a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America, leaving behind two new bridges that ensured passage in and out of the village she called home.
Saroj is also a certified trauma-informed yoga instructor, speaks Spanish (fluently) and Hindi (basic), and recently added the role of mother to her resume of life.