Anita Ravi, MD, MPH, MSHP, FAAFP - President, CEO, Co-Founder, Founding Board Member (she/her)
Dr. Ravi is a board-certified family medicine physician who specializes in the health of survivors of gender-based violence. She is the CEO and co-founder of PurpLE Health Foundation, and the Director of its affiliated medical practice, PurpLE Family Health. In addition to her direct service work as a physician, Dr. Ravi's portfolio includes collaborating with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in a variety of settings, including Rikers Island and immigration detention centers, developing policy on local and national committees focused on health equity and human trafficking, publishing peer-reviewed research in this field, and conducting educational trainings and workshops centered around integrating trauma-informed care principles in healthcare delivery. She regularly writes, draws, and speaks at events across the country about how the healthcare system must radically change to meet the needs of survivors. Dr. Ravi’s unique approach to healthcare and advocacy has garnered national recognition, including being selected as a 2021 “40 Under 40” Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum, a 2022 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and selected for the Rockefeller Foundation's 2023 Bellagio Center Residency Program. Dr. Ravi is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, received her Medical Degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, her Masters in Public Health from Yale University, her Masters in Health Policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholars Fellowship Program.
Harika Pal, MD - Board Chair, Co-Founder, Founding Board Member (she/her)
Harika Pal is a board-certified family medicine physician committed to expanding and improving healthcare access for women and minority communities. She has been practicing full-spectrum family medicine and integrative, functional medicine in New York City for nearly a decade. Dr. Pal has served diverse populations across the city, including in the Bronx with Montefiore and as the Medical Director for Institute for Family Health's School-Based Health Center Program. Her expertise in optimizing clinical systems and expanding reproductive healthcare access drives her enthusiasm to create a new model of healthcare delivery through the PurpLE Health Foundation.
Jessica Gorelick, LCSW, MA - Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder, Founding Board Member (she/her)
Jessica Gorelick is a clinical social worker with an expertise in serving those who have experienced trauma and human rights abuses. She is the Director of Mental Health and Social Work at PurpLE Family Health. Her role is informed by two decades of clinical work in a variety of settings, including drug and alcohol programs, mental health clinics, schools, and social and legal services programs. Her direct service experience includes providing trauma-informed individual, group, and family psychotherapy; case management; advocacy; and crisis intervention in both English and Spanish to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other severe traumas. Her international experience includes working as a Program Administrator at a non-profit bilingual school in Cofradia, Honduras.
Jessica holds a BS in Clinical Psychology and Spanish from Tufts University, MSW from University of Pennsylvania, and MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University. She has additional postgraduate training in psychoanalysis and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Swati Mathai - Secretary, Assistant Treasurer (she/her)
Swati Mathai is an accomplished healthcare executive and board-level leader with significant experience in leading and growing large businesses, payer and employer strategies, as well as digital health innovation. Her expertise includes market access, strategy development, operationalizing key initiatives and relationship building across organizational levels to drive results. Most recently, Ms. Mathai was at Anthem Inc., where she held roles leading Strategy for the Commercial & Specialty Business Division as well as serving as Chief Client Officer for the National Accounts segment. Ms. Mathai has pursued graduate education in both the Health Management & Policy and Finance domains and holds Masters in Public Health and Business Administration. She is a member of the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences Board, where she actively supports scholarships and internships, and helps identify opportunities for business and academia to collaborate for change.
Keisha Walcott - Founding Board Member (she/her)
Keisha is a first-generation immigrant who was trafficked to the United States in her early childhood. She is a survivor leader, advocate, and volunteer. She currently works as a Care Navigator/Survivor Leader at PurpLE Family Health, and takes pride in helping her peers work through the adversity of trafficking.