Jahira Sterling, MPA, is a program associate at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she supports CHCS projects across portfolios related to health equity, adults with complex health and social needs, leadership and capacity building, and population health and prevention.

Prior to joining CHCS, Jahira served as a caseworker providing support on the Boy Scouts of America sex abuse litigation case where she had the opportunity to work with law firms to help sexual assault claimants seek justice through advocacy. Jahira also held a range of internships during her undergraduate and graduate career. Most recently, she interned with the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark as a graduate coordinator for the Office of New Student and Family Programs, where she provided mentorship and campus resources to new students and their families. Jahira also interned with the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (NJLBCF) where she served as a congressional intern. In this role, she supported District 22, located in Plainfield, New Jersey, and worked closely with Assemblywoman Linda Carter and her team. During her time with NJLBCF, Jahira developed experience within the political arena, established relationships with New Jersey constituents, and gained essential skills through networking opportunities and workshops. (She even got to meet Governor Murphy and be in a commercial with him!)

Jahira holds a master’s degree in public administration with a health care administration concentration and a bachelor’s of social work, both from Rutgers University-Newark.

In her spare time, Jahira enjoys watching thriller and horror movies, writing, going to sip and paints, and walks in the park.