Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Manel Kappagoda

Manel is vice president of strategic initiatives at ChangeLab Solutions. She focuses on partnership development and supporting our organization’s emerging work. Manel has led numerous projects for national partners that use legal and policy interventions to address rates of chronic disease and promote health equity. In addition, she has coauthored many publications on public health policy, obesity prevention policy, and the intersection of law and public health.

Manel’s entire career has focused on using law and policy tools to improve health access and outcomes in low-income communities. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) in Berkeley, California, as an attorney in the health law practice. In that role, she was instrumental in developing EBCLC’s medical-legal partnership with Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. She has also worked with the University of California’s Office of the President and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Manel graduated from University of California Hastings College of the Law and received her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.