Boston, MA – Asian Women for Health (AWFH) announced today the appointment of Nandini Sangarasivam Choudhury, LCSW, MPH and Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner, J.D. to our Board of Directors. Following these appointments, the board will comprise of 8 members with backgrounds ranging from biotechnology to public health consulting to reproductive health social work.
In addition, board elections were held on October 20th and the board has appointed Adam Thomas as the new Chair and Amali De Zoysa as the new Clerk of the board.
“As we pursue our goal of growing AWFH as an organization and our reach in the AAPI community,” said Chien-Chi Huang, AWFH Founder and Executive Director, “It’s imperative that we have a well-rounded board that can take us to that next level. With Adam’s extensive experience and long history of leadership, he is an ideal person for the role of Chair and I look forward to working closely with Adam towards AWFH’s mission of improving the health outcomes and well being of Asian women all across the nation.”
Mr. Thomas brings to the Board over 20 years of experience in human resources and leading companies to recruit and retain top talent. He holds an M.B.A. from Boston University, a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in human resource management from the University of the West of England
He has served as the Chief People Officer at Synlogic since July 2017, where he is responsible for all human resource functions. During his time at Synlogic he also served as the Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Synlogic, he served as Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Research and Development at Shire during a period when the company underwent major expansion, doubling the size of its research and development workforce in Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, he has also served as director in various human resources functions at companies like S. C. Johnson & Son and Company and Pfizer.
In his new role, Mr. Thomas hopes to continue to drive AWFH’s focus on empowering Asian women to build the strength and confidence to become champions for health equity through education, advocacy, and support.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Thomas stated: “I am honored to have been appointed to the role of Chair at an important and exciting time for Asian Women for Health. Under Chien-Chi’s leadership the organization continues to expand its impact on closing the health gap experienced by Asian women, a gap that has been increasingly evident as we emerge from the pandemic. I look forward to working with the Board, Chien-Chi and the AWFH team to advance our mission and meet the challenges of the community we serve.”
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