About Neelam


Neelam Gupta is a parent, public health professional, and social worker. In June, she was appointed to the Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) school board to complete the remainder of Senator Rob Wagner’s term. Neelam and her partner, Kabir Bhatia, are raising their daughter, Ria (13), in Lake Oswego.


For Neelam, Lake Oswego has been a family hub for over 30 years because of its top-notch schools. Her brother, Rajan, received an excellent education from Lake Oswego High School, launching him into a medical career.

Neelam's commitment has been to enrich the Lake Oswego schools and community. She co-chaired the successful 2019 LO Learning Levy and was co-chair of the LOSD Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Advisory Committee last year. She is on the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation board of directors and is the Co-Treasurer of the Lake Oswego Junior High Parent Club. She also serves on the board of directors of Hunger Fighters Oregon and LO for LOve. She and Ria actively participate in the community service organization National Charity League.


Neelam is a first-generation South Asian American whose parents came to this country seeking education and economic opportunity. She received her BS and Masters’ degrees in public health and social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Her career has been devoted to advancing health equity and systemic change in cross-sector, multi-million-dollar initiatives. Neelam brings her talents to state service, after having led programs across a philanthropic foundation, managed care organization, workforce development agency, national apprenticeship center, and community clinic association.


Neelam may be spotted walking around town with her labradoodle, Poppy. If she doesn’t wave and smile, then it’s likely that her glasses are getting foggy while she's masked up!

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