Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Sharlene Bagga-Taves
Sharlene Bagga-Taves is a population, health, & nutrition Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is currently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, working in the USAID health and education office, where she designs and manages programs to improve health and education in underserved communities.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in September 2008, Ms. Bagga-Taves worked as a health policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Sander Levin where she advised him on health and social policy issues including Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, global health, mental health, immigration, and unemployment. She enjoys volunteer work and has led community service trips in the U.S. and abroad that help promote cultural exchange. She also enjoys writing, traveling, and salsa dancing with her husband, who joined the State Department as a Foreign Service officer in June, 2008.
Ms. Bagga-Taves majored in economics and Spanish, with a focus on Hispanic cultures, at the University of Michigan and then completed her master of science in health policy and management at Harvard University. She grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit where her parents settled after immigrating to the U.S. from India in 1974.