Speakers

Patty Prasada-Rao

Patty Prasada-Rao, MPH

Patty Prasada-Rao has worked with non-profits for over 25 years both in the US and overseas, including community development, organizational and professional leadership development, campus ministry, and national association work. Her management skills include strategic development, fundraising, organizational infrastructure, board/staff development, and finance. A large focus of her work has been on issues that impact underserved communities both domestically and abroad and how marginalized community members can help take the lead in transformation and renewal.

She has worked for organizations ranging from the American Public Health Association, The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine/Public Health, to Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, New Song Urban Ministries, Intersection of Change, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Christian Community Development Association, and has served on boards of local, national, and international community development organizations. Patty is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Religion Department at Washington Adventist University, focusing on Urban Ministry and Community Development.

Patty received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Pre-med from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior/Health Educations from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her ongoing education has come from grass-roots work living and learning with her neighbors in the Sandtown (Baltimore) and Lawndale (Chicago) neighorhoods, as well as her grandfather’s village of Mandapaka (Tanuku, Andhra Pradesh) in India. Patty was born to Indian parents in the U.S. with an extended family network, which instilled in her a strong value for community and what it means to belong together.

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