Board

Deborah SmithDeborah M. Smith, M.D.

Deborah Smith has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2010 and is the Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the Executive, Finance and Investment and Program Committees.

Dr. Smith is a Medical Director for Clinical Content at 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.

David HarringtonDavid C. Harrington

David Harrington joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and is Vice-Chair of the Board. He is also Chair of the Revenue Generation Committee and a member of the Executive 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.

Art StevensArt Stevens

Art Stevens has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2014 and is Treasurer/Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.He is also a member of the Executive and Revenue Generation Committees.

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-HoonWendy Chun-Hoon

Wendy Chun-Hoon joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and is Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Program Committee.

Ms. Chun-Hoon is the co-director of Family Values @ Work, a national network of coalitions in 27 states helping to spur the growing movement for family-friendly workplace policies. She has fought for economic justice 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 and racial equity strategy. She has 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 Department of Human Services; and as a program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Tonya KinlowTonya Vidal Kinlow

Tonya Vidal Kinlow joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Nominations and Governance and Revenue Generation Committees.

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.

Jackie LendseyJacquelyn 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, Nominations and Governance and Revenue Generation 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.

Darakshan RajaDarakshan Raja

Darakshan Raja joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Program and Nominations and Governance Committees.

Ms.Raja is the co-director and founder of Justice For Muslims Collective, a local organization that works to dismantle structural Islamophobia in the DC metro area through mobilizations, coalition-building, and base-building among Muslims. Previously, Darakshan was the interim executive director of the Washington Peace Center and worked at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center for 4 years on a range of projects focused on evaluating interventions for victims of sexual assault for state and federal government agencies. She currently serves on the board of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national organization that fights for racial justice and advocates for the civil rights of all South Asians in the United States. Darakshan holds a MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Silvia SalazarSilvia Inéz Salazar

Silvia Salazar has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2014 and is Chair of the Program Committee. She is also a member of the Nominations and Governance 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.

Aydin TuncerAydin Tuncer

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 WeilAlan Weil, J.D.

Alan Weil has served on CHF’s Board of Trustees since 2013 and is a member of the Revenue Generation 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 director of the Aspen Health Strategy Group.

Dave ZuckermanDavid Zuckerman

David Zuckerman joined CHF’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Mr. Zuckerman is Director for Healthcare Engagement and leads the coordination of the Healthcare Anchor Network—a health system-led collaboration focused on improving community health and well-being by building inclusive and sustainable local economies. The Network includes more than 30 health systems to date. He is also the co-author of 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.