Sonali Patel

Policy Fellow

Sonali Patel is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. In this role, she works with local and state child welfare systems to strategically implement practices and policies that improve outcomes for children and families. She manages partnerships with key public and private sector stakeholders, organizations, and funders. These partnerships are related to an array of issue areas, including youth homelessness, juvenile justice, and child welfare. Patel is also leading the development of a framework for the translation of research findings into tangible policy options.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Patel served as a Senior Policy Advisor at The White House Domestic Policy Council where she covered child welfare, home visiting, fatherhood, child support, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and TANF. Previously, she was with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a Senior Policy Advisor. Patel was a significant contributor to budget planning for the President’s annual proposal and she co-led the federal workgroup to develop a preliminary intervention model and framework to end youth homelessness by 2020. She was also instrumental in developing public-private partnerships with philanthropy. Prior to her tenure at DHHS, Patel headed the policy division at the Washington State Department of Early Learning. She has also served in child welfare and child care policy roles at the American Public Human Services Association and the DC Children’s Trust Fund.

Patel holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley, a Master of Social Work from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California, Irvine.

Master of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley

Master of Social Work, University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of California, Irvine