Rekha Lakshmanan is a contributing expert for the Center for Health and Biosciences and director of policy at The Immunization Partnership (TIP) in Houston. Her work at TIP includes developing and implementing public policy strategies to improve Texas vaccination rates; advising other states and organizations on building grassroots networks; and teaching constituents how to communicate with lawmakers. She is also a frequent speaker on state vaccination policy initiatives.
Prior to TIP, Lakshmanan spent over a decade in the private sector helping health care organizations develop preventative and chronic care protocols to improve health outcomes. Her interests focus on the intersection of politics and policy development, and strategies to advance policy initiatives. She is currently an advisory member of the National Vaccine Advisory Council's vaccine confidence subcommittee and a board member of The Houston Area Parkinson’s Society.
Lakshmanan holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Texas Woman’s University–Houston Medical Center and a B.A. in government from The University of Texas at Austin.