David Rose, M.D.
David Rose has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2007 and is Chair of the Board. He is also a member of the Executive, Nominations and Governance, Finance and Investment and Program Committees.
Dr. Rose is the Deputy Health Officer for Public Health at Anne Arundel County Department of Health. He has been a board-certified pediatrician for more than 20 years and has worked in a number of underserved communities in several large urban areas. He believes that if parents and children are given reasons to believe that they are heard and respected, then they want and will pursue the best for themselves and their community. His professional experiences include his previous positions as Assistant Commissioner for Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology for the Baltimore City Health Department to address the combined HIV/AIDS and syphilis crisis in the late 1990s; as Vice-President for Medical Affairs at Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing medical, social and education services to the underserved populations of D.C. and Maryland; and as Senior Deputy Director for the Primary Care and Prevention Administration of the D.C. Department of Health.
Naomi Mezey, J.D.
Naomi Mezey has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2007 and is Vice-Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the Executive and Program Committees.
Ms. Mezey is Associate Dean (J.D. Program) and Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She has a long personal and professional interest in race and inequality and is also a health care consumer advocate on the inequalities of access, care and health finance. She brings her legal expertise and her intellectual and emotional commitment to racial and economic equality to the Foundation’s work. Her professional experiences include her previous positions as Law Clerk for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and as Legislative Aide to the former Senator Alan Cranston on Capitol Hill.
Art Stevens has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2014 and is Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.
He is also a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Stevens is the Director of Social Innovation Projects at PayPal/MicroPlace. He comes to the Foundation with his professional experiences and personal passion to make life better for those in our area who have been systematically excluded from success. He has experience working with groups and companies seeking to use the power of business and capital as a tool to bridge the divides in our communities, not widen them, and to improve our connections, not isolate ourselves. He previously served as Vice-President at the Calvert Foundation and as Principal at Co-Plot Consulting, a leading nonprofit enterprise consultancy firm.
Wendy Chun-Hoon joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and is a member of the Program Committee.
Ms. Chun-Hoon is the D.C. Director of Family Values@Work, a national network of 21 state and local coalitions helping to spur the growing movement for family-friendly workplace policies. She is an expert on improving the lives of low-wage workers and low-income families and has worked on anti-poverty issues from within foundations, community-based organizations and government. Her commitment to invest in community networks and resident leadership development and aligning that capacity around driving policy change is an asset to advance CHF’s field-building strategy. She served as the associate director for the Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation, a special initiative of the Open Society Foundations; as the chief of staff for Maryland’s welfare and child welfare agency; and as a program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
David C. Harrington
David Harrington joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and is a member of the Program Committee.
Mr. Harrington is the President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, an alliance of more than 500 businesses dedicated to fostering a sound and progressive business climate. He has more than 20 years of organizational leadership, capacity building and community engagement experience and completed 15 years of public life as Mayor of Bladensburg, Prince George’s County Councilmember and Maryland State Senator. He is a 30-year resident of Prince George’s County. He brings his extensive expertise in building public private partnerships through aligning nonprofit, business and government sectors to address community equity to CHF’s board. He also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for CommonHealth ACTION.
Christopher J. King, Ph.D.
Christopher J. King has served on the Consumer Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and is a member of the Program Committee and Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee.
Dr. King is the Director of Georgetown University’s Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration, where he provides academic and operational leadership of the program. He is also an assistant professor, where he teaches and contributes to scholarship on the creation of equitable systems of care within the context of national health reform goals.
Dr. King is committed to evidence based medicine and formalizing systems that bridge the gap between medical care and public health. He served as the first Assistant Vice President of Community Health for MedStar Health, a $4.6B not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of 10 not-for-profit hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington region; and as a senior leader for Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center in southern Maryland. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a contributor to Healthcare Executive magazine and a Health Research and Educational Trust senior fellow. He serves as an advisor for the DC Department of Health State Innovation Model, Adventist HealthCare’s Center for Health Equity and Wellness and the Maryland Governor’s Wellmobile Program.
Tonya Vidal Kinlow
Tonya Vidal Kinlow joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.
Ms. Kinlow leads Children’s National Medical Center’s local and national advocacy and education efforts under the umbrella of the Child Health Advocacy Institute. She also works with federal and local government stakeholders to ensure that the needs of children are kept in the forefront of the development of policies and regulations. A prominent community leader, Ms. Kinlow joined Children’s National with a keen insight into legislative and regulatory processes and an ability to create and execute strategic tactical plans. She has spent 25 years leading and managing government relations for associations and healthcare payers including the District of Columbia Hospital Association, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the National Medical Association. Her advocacy on behalf of children extends beyond her work in health care. Ms. Kinlow received her Master’s in Public Administration from American University and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans, LA.
Jacquelyn L. Lendsey
Jacquelyn Lendsey has served on the Consumer Health Foundation’s (CHF) Board of Trustees since 2010. She is a member of the Program and Nominations and Governance Committees.
Ms. Lendsey is the Executive Director of the Student National Medical Association in Washington, D.C., and brings her decades of experience managing national and local nonprofits, many of which focus on service to and advocacy on behalf of children, youth, women and families, to the Foundation’s board. More recently, she served as Vice-President for Programs and Communications at the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. Previously, she served as President and CEO of EDBuild, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on school modernization and reform; as President and CEO of Women in Community Service, a national nonprofit focused on providing transition and support services to women and youth; and as Vice President for National Public Policy and Advocacy for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and has served on the Board of Directors of Mentors, Inc., Davis Memorial Goodwill, the National Minority AIDS Council and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Roberta Milman has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2010 and is a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and Chair of the Program Committee.
Ms. Milman was an independent health care consultant focusing, in part, on community/population health, safety net services for the uninsured and health policy. She has also served as the Managing Director for The Lewin Group, a health care strategy and policy consulting firm. Ms. Milman’s professional experience has helped her realize that she is privileged to have health insurance and access to care as well as the resources to be healthy and navigate the health care system. This has instilled in her a commitment to make a difference for others. Her dedication to CHF’s mission for social change and health equity stems from her experience, including her volunteer work as a founding member and former board chair of the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, which fosters the development of an efficient, high-quality and culturally competent system of care for the uninsured and supports the Montgomery Cares safety net clinic program. She served as Chief Operating Officer at a Johns Hopkins Health System hospital; as Vice-President at the Children’s National Medical Center; as Head of the Montgomery County population health planning task force; as an active member of the Commission for Health in Montgomery and Prince George’s County; and as a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance.
Darakshan Raja joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Program Committee.
Ms. Raja is a Pakistani Muslim immigrant woman from the Bronx who moved to Washington DC in order to impact social policies. She has worked on a range of issues including organizing against anti-Muslim racism and state violence, gender-based violence, human rights abuses and the national security system, and the criminal justice system. She serves as the Co-Director of the Washington Peace Center, a local grassroots organization focused on providing political education, strategic resources, and support for actions and mobilizations locally. At the Washington Peace Center, she has managed the DC Trainers Network, a monthly training for local grassroots activists, and serves on the steering committee of the DC Justice For Muslims Coalition. Prior to joining the Washington Peace Center, Ms. Raja worked at the Urban Institute on a range of criminal justice evaluations for state and federal government agencies. She is also the co-founder of the Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum and serves on the Advisory Board for API Domestic Violence Resource Project in DC, an organization that serves API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Raja holds an MA in Forensic Psychology and hopes to strengthen grassroots movements locally.
Silvia Inéz Salazar
Silvia Salazar has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2014 and is a member of the Program Committee.
Ms. Salazar is the Informatics Research Laboratory Manager at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. She is an experienced grassroots bilingual (Spanish-English) community organizer who has worked in partnership with diverse communities, including immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and working families. She also has expertise in community building and creating partnerships with government institutions and community organizations. She currently is the co-President of an affordable housing cooperative of 84 families in the District of Columbia and has served as co-President and bilingual tenant organizer for a rent-controlled apartment building in the District of Columbia.
Deborah M. Smith, M.D.
Deborah Smith has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2010 and is a member of the Finance and Investment and Program Committees.
Dr. Smith is the Managing Director for Medical Policy for the Federal Employees Program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She brings her broad understanding of health inequities across the Metropolitan region, particularly the District of Columbia, where she has worked for more than 30 years exclusively with underserved communities, to the Foundation’s board. She has previously served as a physician, focusing on gynecology services to women affected by HIV/AIDS at Whitman-Walker Health; as consultant with an extensive list of health-related clients, including the National Institutes of Health; and as the inaugural Medical Officer for the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health. She also has a long-standing commitment to minority health professions education.
Aydin Tuncer has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2013 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.
Mr. Tuncer is the First Vice-President of Investments and Managing Director at the Global Wealth Management Group of Raymond James. He has worked in his current role for the past 16 years helping individuals, families and nonprofits achieve their investment and financial planning goals. Mr. Tuncer is committed to the mission and the work of CHF and brings his 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to advance and achieve the Foundation’s goals. His professional path is composed of his services as a telecom equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s and as an Internet Equity Analyst at the Prudential Securities in New York. Prior to joining CHF’s Board of Trustees, he served on the board of a local nonprofit organization, D.C. Employment Justice Center.
Alan Weil, J.D.
Alan Weil has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2013 and is a member of the Program Committee.
Mr. Weil is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change. He has a life-long commitment to improving the health care system and its ability to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. He brings his extensive expertise on public policy, health care safety net, previous nonprofit experience and his awareness of the relationship between social factors and individual and community health to the Foundation. He previously served as the Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit research and policy organization; as the Director of the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project, a privately funded social policy research project; as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and as an Assistant General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
David Zuckerman joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.
Mr. Zuckerman is the Manager for Healthcare Engagement for The Democracy Collaborative’s Anchor Institution Initiative. He co-authored the Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series and is the author of Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission. His work focuses on inclusive and equitable economic development strategies that build wealth in low-income communities, with specific attention on how hospitals and health systems can deploy the business side of their institutions to support community health improvement and strengthen their local economies. Mr. Zuckerman is also a contributor to Can Hospitals Heal America’s Communities: “All in for Mission” is the Emerging Model for Impact and the lead author of a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, Building a Culture of Health at the Federal Level. He received both his Master of Public Policy and B.A. degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.