Cara Sandels a public health advocate who is passionate about social justice, sustainable development, and global health. She is currently the Training and Outreach Director for the Portland Chapter of Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS), a nonprofit organization that provides innovative leadership training to young people across the Americas who want to become catalysts for social change. Cara has been fortunate to travel and work in Panama, Honduras, Peru, and Paraguay through the program and recently returned from her role as Project Director over the summer in Azuero, Panama.
Originally from Portland, Cara recently relocated back to the city after nearly eight years away studying and working in Atlanta and New York City. She received her BA from Emory University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Global Health and is now completing her Master’s in Public Health through a blended online and on-campus program at the University of California, Berkeley. In New York City, she served at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for two years coordinating a new health care program for low-income immigrants. Prior to that, she completed a fellowship as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also at the NYC Department of Health, primarily focusing on preventing sexually transmitted infections and improving access to healthcare.
Cara takes on an active role advocating for the rights of undocumented immigrants throughout the United States and is passionate about improving the plight of refugees around the world. She loves working internationally as well as getting involved in immigrant groups in her local community. In her personal life, Cara enjoys being a dedicated cat mom of two, traveling, and yoga classes that she can fit in after she finishes her homework. She is very excited to gain skills through the NLC program that will allow her to further her career and continue to hone the intersection of her varied interests.