Nora Carreras

Nora Carreras, MPA

Senior Consultant

Harrisburg, PA

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Nora Carreras is a proven leader and team builder with expertise in social determinants of health (SDOH) and non-profit management. She has broad cross-cultural experience management, community and government relations, program development and program evaluation. She has more than 20 years of experience in the public, academic, private, and non-profit sectors.

Before joining HMA, she served as special advisor to the secretary in the executive office of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Her role there included leading large-scale projects for the secretary, including the procurement of a statewide platform to address SDOH in collaboration with managed care organizations, providers, non-profits, local government entities and other state agencies. As an advisor, Nora provided guidance on priority initiatives and topics. Her work also included the formation and oversight of several advisory committees of internal and external stakeholders.

Her work with the Commonwealth also included serving as a policy analyst and specialist for program offices including the Office of Medical Assistance Programs, and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She has experience conducting research, developing policy recommendations, and leading executive staff on projects and initiatives.

Nora is a seasoned program administrator, budget and grant manager, and coalition builder. Her non-profit and association work includes serving as chief program officer and planner for the York County Community Progress Council where she oversaw program operations, budgets, and administration of the county’s Community Action Agency. Her work included developing and overseeing programs aimed at improving the lives of residents. She also worked in fund development for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

She earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Puerto Rico and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Puerto Rico Interamerican University. She is pursuing a PhD in public administration from Pennsylvania State University and holds a certificate from the Fostering Diversity and Inclusion program at Yale University, School of Management.