Executive Director, Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research
Sarah Rodman-Alvarez is a public health expert with extensive experience researching and creating programming for health equity and food systems. She holds an MPH in global environmental sustainability and health and a PhD in health in public policy, both from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Rodman-Alvarez brings a broad definition of well-being to her work that includes critical issues such as global environmental sustainability, racial and economic justice, and the built environment. She is committed to an equity lens (racial/ economic/ gender/ ability) in all of her work. She has spent much of her career as a researcher, writer, and strategist. Prior to stepping into the role of Bauccio Endowed Executive Director at the Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research, Rodman-Alvarez founded a consulting practice where she guided organizations toward more effective, sustainable, and equitable work. Much of her work has been dedicated to pushing for progress in systems of food and agriculture in the United States. In particular, she has focused on racial equity and workers’ rights. She has worked for and with myriad organizations, including organized labor, community-based organizations, academic institutions, multi-sector collaboratives, hospitals, and a private research and evaluation firm. Notably, Rodman-Alvarez worked for seven years at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. In her free time, she volunteers as a trained mediator with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program. She is originally from Los Angeles, where she is inspired by the rich, diverse food and all of the people involved in creating it.