Shalini Vallabhan, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Advisor

A results-driven leader, Shalini Vallabhan focuses her work at the intersection of government relations, health policy, and advocacy. Shalini gained her deep knowledge of these pivotal landscapes through her diverse experience working on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. and global healthcare and public health spheres. She is passionate about improving health outcomes and remains dedicated to accelerating innovation, increasing prevention, and improving access to quality care around the world, drawing on her network of healthcare, life sciences, and community leaders to solve complex problems.

Shalini is widely recognized for her savvy as a program manager and known for her execution of government relations and advocacy campaigns. She pairs her passion and unique skill set to catalyze collaborations between for-profit companies and nonprofit and government organizations. She has led advocacy campaigns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to improve access to care and strengthen public health policies on behalf of a nonprofit, nonpartisan lobbying organization. Her work has driven numerous legislative wins, including the expansion of health insurance for low-income Americans and increased funding for cancer prevention and early detection screening.

She is well versed in policymaking in the United States at the federal and state levels, and internationally. Shalini has advanced public health policies and programs in India, China, South Korea, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.


Government Experience

  • Staff member, U.S. Congressman David Bonior (D-MI)




  • Ph.D. Political Science Texas A&M University 1997
  • B.A. Psychology Texas Tech University 1990

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Women in Government Relations
  • Executive Management and Leadership Program, INSEAD, 2013



  • Advisor, Contraceptive Access Initiative, 2021 – present
  • Member, Founding Board, Pallium India USA, 2017 – 2020
  • Trustee, Pallium India, 2011 – 2017