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Palak leads overall strategy for NDWA Labs with a focus on raising market norms and standards, partnering with the private sector, and building scalable and sustainable ventures. Palak’s career spans the private, public and non-profit sectors. Most recently she was the leader at Wellmont Health System, leading strategic responses to the Affordable Care Act. She also was a member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Administration budget team and subsequently served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Director of Performance Management. Palak has trained as a community organizer in Los Angeles and co-founded the international non-profit Visions Worldwide. Palak received a dual degree in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Palak is a member of The Aspen Institute’s Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2017-2018, and has spoken about The Future of Work, and partnerships between social movements and the private sector at TEDx, WGBH IdeaLab, and Personal Democracy Forum.