Namandje Wali received her Bachelor of Public Health from the University of Connecticut, Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of New Haven, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Public Health in Leadership, Equity, and Advocacy from Tulane University. Through her passion for education, Namandje committed her career to the belief that excellence in education, service, and practice are enhanced when both brewed and maintained in an inclusive and equitable environment and believes the right to health is a fundamental part of our human rights and of our understanding of a life in dignity.
Prior to joining HES, Namandje served as the Postpartum Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Birthright Doulas of Southern CT. In this capacity, and with the influence of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Namandje designed and implemented support groups and workshops for new families as they navigated the unknown of birthing and new parenting. Similarly, in her previous work at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Namandje served as the Equity and Organizational Culture Coordinator where she was able to continue to develop her passion for equitable care interventions. It was through these experiences, that Namandje saw first-hand barriers to not only accessible care but quality care also.
Born and raised in New Haven, CT, in her free time, Namandje loves to travel home to spend time with her family, try new recipes, and binge-watch reality TV shows and true crime documentaries. Namandje is a proud member of the Manchester/Greater Hartford Area graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.