Meenakshi has eight years of experience in the development sector. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science followed by a Post Graduate Program in Hospital Administration from IILM Institute and Master of Arts in Psychology from India. Meenakshi was recently involved in the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative assessment for India. Prior to that, she worked as a program associate in collaboration with UNICEF and the Lady Harding Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi where she developed communication and training materials for maternal, infant and young child feeding practices for communities and frontline healthcare providers. In 2015, Meenakshi worked as a member of Nepal Earthquake emergency response team with Christian Aid and RedR, conducting Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment of Nutrition and Health sector. Previously, Meenakshi worked as a research associate with UC Berkeley for a study of sensor-enabled cookstoves in Orissa, India. She also worked with the Public Health Foundation of India, engaging in a research study assessing disease burden across India. Meenakshi also worked with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Communication Programs in India, developing social behavior change communications to promote and support maternal and child health and nutrition. She is passionate about humanitarian aid work, social equality, and positive collaboration.

Host Org: The Nature Conservancy 
Fellow role at Parent-Child Home Program

Meenakshi will work as part of the research team at Parent-Child Home Program, focusing on internal and external research projects and data analysis, and leveraging that information to improve home visiting training and practice to prepare young families for school success.