Natasha Thambirajah is Adjunct Professor as part of the 2022 SPPGA Practitioner Fellowship at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia.
Natasha is a third-generation public servant and has worked for the Province of BC since 2006. Over the past 15 years, she has led nationally recognized examples of transformative, citizen-centred public policy, including the prize-winning BC Services Card and the modernization of gender identity expression on government issued identification.
In her current role as Director, Digital Health Policy, she works closely with senior leadership and key partners to lead the development of provincial standards, policies and guides for virtual care and digital health. This work has been a critical part of the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work in this respect includes providing strategic advice on matters that impact provincial investment, planning, implementation, and assessment of digital services. She also has practical applied experience in leading the delivery of virtual care, winning the 2019 PwC Accelerator Award for her innovative work in remote patient monitoring. Natasha is recognized by her superiors, peers and staff for her leadership in developing sector-wide public policy, as well as her keen interest and skill in mentoring budding public policy analysts.
The daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants, Natasha lives on Vancouver Island with her family. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health (environmental health) and a Master of Arts in History (20th century ethnic conflict and post-colonial histories of South Asia and West Africa). In her spare time, she is happiest when hiking in the woods and hunting for mushrooms with her family, cooking for friends, travelling somewhere far away, sailing, finding good books to read, and tending to a substantial garden.