Mischka Garel, MPH
Managing Director, Site Strategy and Implementation
Mischka Garel joined CHAMPS in 2016 and serves as the Managing Director for Site Strategy & Implementation. In this capacity, she is responsible for planning and management of CHAMPS scientific, operational, and site implementation functions.
Garel brings over 20 years’ experience working in maternal and child health (MCH) research, advocacy, program development and academic administration. Prior to joining CHAMPS, Garel co-directed the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative at UCLA’s Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, managing overall strategic objectives. She simultaneously served as Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Child and Family Health Leadership Training program, providing interdisciplinary training in MCH research and policy. Garel has worked for the Pan American Development Foundation, the Johns Hopkins University Maryland National Children’s Study Center, and the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine managing research, program operations, training, and partnerships across multi-site networks. She has managed a portfolio of public-private partnership health initiatives across Latin America, and led multi-sector community-based initiatives for driving systems level change in East Harlem. Her range of domestic and international MCH experience has equipped her to work closely with CHAMPS’s country sites to improve performance and build centers of excellence that promote local ownership of CHAMPS activities.
Garel holds a Master of Public Health, with a Maternal and Child Health concentration from the University of South Florida. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Anthropology at the University of Florida, where she later served as the Associate Director of Public Health Programs, following her graduate studies.