Dear friends of Health Equity Solutions, 

I am very excited to announce that Ayesha R. Clarke has accepted the position of the permanent executive director of Health Equity Solutions! Congratulations, Ayesha! 

The HES Board of Directors feels strongly that Ayesha is the best fit for Health Equity Solutions (HES) for many reasons. She exudes passion for health equity and is an extremely engaging relationship builder who instills excitement about the HES mission and vision. She is a politically savvy advocate with deep relationships in Hartford and around Connecticut. Ayesha has proven to be an extremely competent leader who has conducted herself with grace and diplomacy during her time at HES. She has consistently demonstrated an ability to develop and execute strategic plans.  

During her tenure at HES, first as deputy director and, more recently, as Interim Executive Director, she has strengthened the organization. She created a strategic operating plan, worked with the team on the HES Advantage, and directed a new fund development plan. The organization has advanced the health equity agenda, expanding HUSKY access for immigrant children, increasing access to oral health, relaunching Connecticut’s Path to Health Equity, and more. 

Before joining Health Equity Solutions, Ayesha was vice president of operations at COMPASS Youth Collaborative, regional field organizer for a Congressional campaign, and a researcher at University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where she currently teaches in an adjunct capacity. She held elected office herself as a member of Hartford’s Board of Education, which she chaired from 2017-2021.

Ayesha holds two master’s degrees, one in social work with a policy practice concentration from the University of Connecticut, and one in public health from Benedictine University. Her bachelor’s degree in economics was earned at UConn.   


Ayesha R. Clarke, MPH, MSW 

Ayesha is a rising leader at the helm of great things in Connecticut – which, fortunately for us, means great things for Health Equity Solutions! 

I am grateful to the Executive Search Committee and the Board, which undertook this thorough process with diligence and care. The future of health equity in Connecticut is in great hands.  


Alycia Santilli

Board President, Board of Directors  

Health Equity Solutions
53 Oak Street  | Hartford, Connecticut 06106
860.461.7637 |

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