Priya Desai

Senior Director, Strategy & Evaluation

Priya joined Smile Train in 2011 and serves as Senior Director on the Strategy & Evaluation team. She has more than seven years of experience working with Smile Train’s Medical Advisory Board to expand, leverage, and promote Smile Train’s global programmatic work by empowering local cleft care providers with support, guidance, and oversight to ensure safe, high quality, sustainable cleft programs. 

Prior to joining Smile Train, Priya was a Project Manager at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health. During this time, she was involved in the World Health Organization’s patient safety initiative ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives.’ Following her time at HSPH, Priya worked for the NYC Department of Mental Health & Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project as a Program Manager. Priya’s work at Smile Train focuses on identifying challenges and gaps in safety and/or effective treatment and strategically implement solutions to promote the safety and quality and cultivate and scale for measurable increased impact in Smile Train treatment programs worldwide.

Priya holds a Masters of Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a BA from Smith College.