Meredith Willa founded Bridge To Impact after working closely in and alongside nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies for 10+ years. She maintains a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children, families, and communities, and brings that passion and motivation to her work with clients of Bridge To Impact.
Meredith has worked with clients and previously through full-time employment with various organizations on a number of complex issues:
- Performed a needs assessment for and a cost-effectiveness analysis of three citywide child care programs for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families
- Monitored 13 Head Start grantees and over $70 million in funds, ensuring compliance with federal policies, grant regulations, and administrative requirements
- Managed and published a statewide research study funded by the California Endowment on promising outreach efforts around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California
- Led a statewide coalition-building effort around a major K-12 school health policy issue for the Alameda County Public Health Department
- Guided the development an international policy research organization from scratch
- Evaluated the effects of the federal Deficit Reduction Act on state TANF policies for the National Conference of State Legislatures
- Developed a comprehensive data and evaluation system at the College Futures Foundation
Meredith started her career at the Medical Health Research Association in the Bronx, New York City, where she helped families with cognitively, physically, and socially-emotionally delayed children navigate a complex web of social services. She received a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was trained in policy analysis and evaluation and where she published research on the effects of welfare receipt on children. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in child development from Cornell University, and a certificate of study in child and social policy from the University of Gothenberg in Sweden.