Padmini Parthasarathy has been working for decades to achieve equity in the Bay Area. She takes a social justice approach to grantmaking, considering racial, economic, and gender equity in both strategy development and funding decisions. Prior to joining the Fund, Padmini served as a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, where she oversaw statewide grantmaking to advance health care reform and promote employment and asset-building opportunities for formerly incarcerated adults, women struggling to make ends meet, and other communities. Before that, Padmini worked for Kaiser Permanente and for Contra Costa Health Services. She serves on the national board of the Asset Funders Network as well as on its Bay Area chapter steering committee.
Padmini earned her master’s degree in public health from University of California, Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior from University of California, Irvine. She is a fellow in Grantmakers in Health’s Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy and was an inaugural member of the Justice Funders’ Harmony Initiative leadership program. Outside of work, she volunteers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and loves spending time with her nephew and two nieces. She’s passionate about TV and movies, reading, music, and baseball — particularly the Oakland A’s.