Pavan Jagalar


What does it mean to be a Project Manager at Amida?

Being a Project Manager at Amida is a bit like being a film producer. I am responsible for keeping the team focused on the most important priorities in their projects, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed, and anticipating problems and creating plans to deal with them.

What are you working on currently, and what is its impact going to be?

I am currently working on a data integration project for a health insurance company with over one million members. We are creating a standardized way to store and use patient data across everything they do. This will ensure that both patients and healthcare providers can cut back on how many forms they need to fill out, and it will make it much easier to keep track of who is using health data and how it is being used. At the end of the day, this is going to drastically improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare for a lot of people.

Why did you choose to join Amida?

I joined Amida in the company’s earlier days, when we had fewer than twenty employees. I like the feeling of working with a small team, where I can have a hand in every aspect of the work. As Amida has grown, I’m proud of (and impressed by) how well we maintain our culture and the feeling of being a small, tight-knit team.

Which Amida value (Impact/Excellence/Joy) resonates most with you and why?

I think Amida’s commitment to excellence sets our work apart from so many others. It doesn’t just mean following a process well or not making mistakes. It ties into the other values, because excellence means making sure the work is genuinely impactful and not just checking a box on a checklist. Excellence also means making sure that our own team and our clients enjoy the work and the process of making an impact.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

I have been practicing various martial arts since I was fourteen and focused on Thai kickboxing for eleven years. I’m excited to get back into it once it’s safe to be maskless in gyms again.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Captain America’s superpower is just being really really fit and healthy without having to try. That would be incredible!