Sonia Sarkar is the Director for Social Homes and Health Equity at the P3 Lab, where she works with a team that is partnering with movement organizations to make visible the ways in which organizations who are organizing to build power serve as “social homes” for their members. This includes both individual experiences within the social home – for example, member on-ramps, transformation, and retention – as well as the collective experiences that surround those member interactions, such as culture/values/rituals and internal decision-making structures.
Sonia comes to the lab as a nationally-recognized practitioner with extensive experience in health equity and economic justice, with a particular focus on supporting BIPOC-led organizations and communities organizing for health and building infrastructure to enable community healing. She has advised numerous community-based, systems change, and philanthropic organizations on racial and health equity, and previously served as Baltimore City Health Department’s Chief Policy and Engagement Officer, where she worked with community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and advocacy coalitions to develop Healthy Baltimore 2020, a vision for addressing health inequities across the city.
Prior to that, Sonia served as an advocate, program manager, and Chief of Staff/Special Advisor to Health Leads, a national organization focused on agitating the healthcare system to be directly responsive to the needs of patients. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, a Truman Scholar, and holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University as well as an MPH and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Sonia is also a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Common Future and a Shift Health Accelerator leadership team member, where she supports grassroots organizations looking to democratize healthcare and create accountability around healthcare spending.