Ichchha Pradhan

Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Ichchha Pradhan received her B.A. in Political Science (Policy and Development concentration) and B.A. in Psychology from University of Rochester, NY. Ichchha also completed a one-year fellowship focusing on Statistics and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She is incredibly passionate about exploring and leveraging the intersection of advocacy, data analysis and community engagement in creating equitable policies and working towards health equity.

Prior to joining HES, Ichchha worked as a Research Assistant/ Researcher at University of Rochester Medical Center on a project titled “Women on the Road to Health” (WORTH) under Dr. Diane Morse, in collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Sue (Yale University) and Dr. Karen A Johnson (Columbia University). The project explores the specific impact of trauma and social determinants of health in the lives of justice involved women as a whole and in particular, women recently released from incarceration. During her undergraduate career, she interned at non-profits in Rochester, NY and Kathmandu, Nepal while also completing a service-learning program in Procida, Italy.

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Ichchha enjoys traveling, taking fun classes (dance, drawing, fitness etc.), watching thriller/ drama shows and spending time with friends and family.”