Senior Program Manager, Advocacy, Financing, and Sustainability
Sara Rossi, MPH, MPA, is the Senior Program Manager for Advocacy, Financing, and Sustainability at the UCSF Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI). In this role, Sara supports National Malaria Control Programs in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand to develop and implement country-level and sub-national advocacy strategies that seek to mobilize domestic resources and increase political commitment to eliminate malaria and prevent its reintroduction. She also supports the Elimination 8 initiative in southern Africa to secure an enabling environment for a regional approach to elimination.
Prior to joining the MEI in 2016, Sara provided technical assistance and operational support to Ministries of Health in sub-Saharan Africa in scaling up access to point-of-care HIV diagnostic testing. She has five prior years of healthcare policy and international development consulting experience, including leading impact evaluations, political advocacy campaigns, process improvement, and financial analysis on topics ranging from menstrual hygiene to global trauma surgery, adolescent empowerment, malnutrition, and tertiary care.
Sara has an MPH in Health Policy & Management from the Mailman School of Public Health and an MPA in Economic & Political Development from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She received her BA cum laude in Mass Communication Studies and Global Studies from UCLA.