Sumera Yego

Sumera C. Yego is the Project Associate of the Zetema Project. Sumera studies the US healthcare system and provides support to the administrative functioning of the project. Sumera is the primary point of contact for Zetema Project Panelists and their support staff, fellows, journalists, and other Project stakeholders. Sumera manages work plans, oversees calendars, manages financial processing, and contributes to the organization’s content development.


Sumera holds a dual Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Health Studies and International Studies from Johns Hopkins University with a minor in Islamic Studies. During her time at Johns Hopkins, she conducted primary research in Kenya, examining barriers to menstruation education there, for which she was granted the prestigious Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award. Additionally, she was involved with the African Students Association serving as Vice President and Research, History, and Education Chair and served as Consulting Chair for the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. She is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of Usra Tea, a social-impact-focused company aiming to establish an ethical tea supply chain from Kenya and use education as a tool to advocate for equity. Sumera is passionate about improving equity through both healthcare and entrepreneurship with policy and systems change in mind.