Administrative Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Administrative Fellowship at CHLA provides a broad range of healthcare administration experiences over the course of the 12-month program. The Fellow participates in and leads prioritized and challenging enterprise initiatives, an approach intended to help the Fellow develop marketable project management, analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills. Understanding the importance of professional mentorship, the Fellow meets regularly with executive and enterprise-wide leadership. Ultimately, through visible, tangible project work and network development, the Fellowship aims to identify promising candidates for future leadership positions within CHLA.

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  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Salary and Benefits
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Skills Required
  • Meet Our Fellows
  • Former Fellows
  • FAQs

The Fellowship offers a rotation-based experience with projects geared towards the Fellow’s areas of interest and the needs of the enterprise. Each rotation has an executive sponsor who helps define projects, create goals, and obtain results over a two- to three-month period. This structure aims to provide a well-rounded understanding of organizational settings distinct in their challenges and function within CHLA.

Potential department rotations may include:

  • Accounting
  • Ambulatory Operations
  • Clinical Operations
  • Compliance
  • Decision Support Services
  • Education Administration
  • Facilities Management
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Health System Development
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Medical Group Operations
  • Quality and Safety
  • Research Administration 
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Strategy
  • Supply Chain Management

Throughout the Fellowship, the Fellow has the opportunity to shadow key leaders of the organization and attend high-level executive leadership meetings. The Fellow experiences different managerial and leadership styles to develop an understanding of his or her own personal style.

The Fellowship is a full-time salaried position beginning in July, with flexibility for exact start date. The compensation and benefits package will be competitive, including extending benefits to dependents. Vacation and sick leave will accrue as a normal full-time employee.

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Applicants must have received or be expected to receive an MHA, MPH, MBA or similar master’s degree in a related field of study from an accredited graduate program between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
  • Applicants with relevant hospital, consulting, and managed care experience will be given preference
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully both verbally and in writing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Must have strong follow-through, initiative, and the ability to work independently

Mina Noohi, MPH

2018 – 2019 Fellowship


Mina Noohi graduated from Boston University School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Healthcare Management in 2018. In 2015, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy with a minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. During her time at graduate school, Mina interned at Massachusetts General Physician’s Organization in the Strategic Communication and Physician Incentive Programs department where she worked on various projects including the 2017 MGPO Physician Survey, the 2017 Employee Medication Takeback Day, and assessing time spent on medication refills and renewals on the IMMERSE team.


Leiannon Perez, MSHA, BSN, RN, CSSGB

2018 – 2019 Fellowship


Leiannon Perez graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master of Science in Health Administration in 2018. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University. Leiannon began her career in healthcare as a bedside RN in CHLA’s NICCU. Later, she transitioned to the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety(QIPS) Department where she spent time as a Patient Safety Coordinator, a Quality Improvement Coordinator and a Policy Coordinator. Her previous project experience includes extensive work with iReport (CHLA’s incident reporting system), actively participating in various accreditation and licensing surveys, as well as taking part in various performance improvement projects and other QIPS initiatives.

Victoria Ng, MHA

2017 – 2018 Fellowship


Victoria Ng graduated from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Master of Health Administration in 2017. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Victoria completed her summer graduate internship at the University of Chicago Medicine, where she worked on cancer center strategy and operational excellence projects. Her previous work experience also includes DSRIP project management at Mount Sinai Health System and health policy at the Urban Institute. During her administrative fellowship, she completed projects in  areas such as Strategy, Finance, and Clinical Services. She is now an Innovation Consultant at CHLA.


Emma White, MPH

2017 – 2018 Fellowship


Emma White graduated from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management in 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Societies, with a minor in Bioethics, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. While in graduate school Emma interned with the Strategy team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she worked on multiple projects including the Enterprise Strategic Plan, the creation of the CHLA vision statement and the Neurological Institute Strategic Plan. During her administrative fellowship, she completed rotations in Clinical Services, Finance, and Ambulatory Operations. She has recently transitioned into her new role as a Project Manager with the Clinical Services team.


Nahal Sabrkhani, MPH
2016 – 2017 Fellowship


Nahal Sabrkhani earned a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2016; she has a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from UCLA. Nahal is currently a Project Manager in Health System Development and Integration at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Prior to this role, she was the Administrative Fellow at CHLA working on projects in the medical group, decision support, ambulatory access, and strategic planning. She previously worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center in South Los Angeles on transitions of care with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.


Leticia Valadez, MBA
Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2015 Fellowship


Leticia Valadez graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s in Business Administration and from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She joined CHLA in 2013 as a Talent & Organizational Development Specialist and in 2015 she completed her Administrative Fellowship, during which she worked on projects in various operational areas of the organization including Decision Support Services, Administration, Strategy, Ancillary & Support Services and Perioperative Services. She was responsible for the development of a Division Metrics Dashboard which measured clinical outcomes for five divisions. Currently, she is a team member of the Department of Surgery at CHLA as Division Administrator for Plastic Surgery and Dentistry. In this role she leads business planning, financial management and practice management in partnership with two Division Chiefs. Leticia is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Los Angeles where she volunteers with foster youth organizations in Los Angeles and is a member of the league’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

CHLA Administrative Fellowship FAQs

Q:   Why is CHLA recruiting now for a start date in July – isn’t it early?

A:     CHLA is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), an organization that is working to improve early-career development opportunities for next-generation healthcare leaders.  As a member of NCAF, CHLA is participating in a centralized fellowship application process, along with 80 hospitals and health systems. Members agree to adhere to a standard application as well as timelines for interviews and employment offers. For the fellowship year starting in July 2019, participating fellowship programs agree to a uniform initial offer date of November 2018.


Q:   How is the Fellowship different from an internship or residency?

A:    Interns and residents are typically graduate students who undertake an internship or residency as part of the practical experience towards earning a degree, and are sponsored by a department or division to learn and provide support within that area for variable lengths of time.  Fellows have received their graduate degrees, are full-time employees of CHLA for a full fiscal year, and rotate in departments throughout the enterprise.


Q:   Is there an application fee? If so, can it be waived?

A:   CHLA participates in the NCAF/NAFCAS centralized application process, which charges a fee to apply. For more information on fees, contact NCAF/NAFCAS directly:


Q:   Is prior healthcare experience required?

A:   Prior healthcare experience is preferred but is not required. 


Q:   May internal candidates apply for the Fellowship?

A:    Yes!  CHLA encourages internal candidates and current interns/residents to apply for the Fellowship.


Q:   How many Fellows are selected each year?

A:   CHLA’s program currently accommodates up to two Fellows per fiscal year.

How to Apply

The CHLA Administrative Fellowship program offers a tremendous opportunity for demanding, relevant professional development. 

Submission of an application on the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application System (NAFCAS) is required. All components of the application must be received no later than October 1, 2018. The uniform NAFCAS initial offer date is on November 12, 2018.

To apply, qualified individuals should compile the following materials 

  1. Personal Statement (maximum of two double-spaced pages) addressing (a) your interest and qualifications for the position and (b) what you hope to gain and achieve from the fellowship 
  2. Resume
  3. Official graduate school transcript
  4. Transcript(s) from undergraduate school(s) (unofficial transcripts acceptable) 
  5. Three letters of recommendation: (1) Academic, (1) Professional, and (1) Other (Academic, professional, or letter from your program director)  

Application materials must be submitted through NAFCAS (http://nafcas.liaisoncas.comby the October deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.