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Karya Lustig Bio

Karya Lustig, MA, ISS is the Deputy Director for the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) at the Public Health Institute (PHI).  Karya is responsible for developing and implementing strategy, direction and overall operations of the CHLP, including its academies and other programs.  Karya approaches her work from a systems approach and applies this methodology to all of her work.  She works with leaders from a triple impact approach, coaching the leaders to impact both their organizations and their teams.  She is adept at working with a large variety of stakeholders to gain buy-in and foster win-win solutions.  Karya thrives in a working environment based on partnerships in order to create more effective organizations and teams.

She has over 19 years experience in community health, the nonprofit sector, and school-based programs and family centers. She has provided training, facilitation, organizational development, and strategic and program planning to many organizations. Karya began her career providing direct services to disenfranchised individuals and communities and has maintained a commitment to public health throughout her career. She ran her own consulting business for seven years, providing program development and evaluation services to family literacy programs, working as a lead consultant for Family Support California and doing program development, training, and strategic planning for many other organizations.  Prior to joining PHI, Karya worked at a community health center where she successfully developed and ran the first staff training department in a community health center in California (one of very few nationwide), offering training to over 700 staff in three counties.    Karya earned her Masters in Adult Education and Integrated Services Specialist Certificate at San Francisco State University and her Organizational Development Certificate from the Triple Impact Practitioners Program, she received her BA from Hampshire College.  Outside of work, Karya loves the outdoors, local cultural events/ museums, reading and spending time with her friends and family (husband and 2 girls).