The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy Foundation (CUNY SPH Fund) announces the appointment of four business and community leaders to its inaugural board of directors. The new members are Leah Abraham, Yin Ho, Michael Meng and Alfonso Chang.
Welcoming Abraham, Ho, Meng, and Cheng to the board are interim chair Lyndon Haviland, interim treasurer Emad Zikry, interim secretary Susan Klitzman, dean of CUNY SPH Ayman El-Mohandes and executive director of the CUNY SPH Fund Adam Doyno. El-Mohandes and Doyno both serve as ex officio members of the board.
“We are honored to assemble a group of remarkable leaders to steer our school’s new foundation forward,” said Dean El-Mohandes. “Bringing this inaugural board together is an important milestone in the history of our school. Their collective strength in innovation and entrepreneurship will enrich our mission to nurture the next generation of public health practitioners and researchers.”
Leah Abraham, president and co-owner of Settepani, a café and restaurant in Harlem, has established deep roots in the Harlem community. Abraham is a founding board member of Harlem Park to Park, a social enterprise committed to cultural preservation, small business, and economic development in Central Harlem, and has formerly served as vice-chair of the 125th Street Business Improvement District. She has also held a seat on the White House Panel for Workforce Management. Abraham’s connection to the Harlem community aligns with the School’s mission of promoting and sustaining healthier populations, starting with the local Harlem community.
Yin Ho, a licensed physician trained in emergency medicine, has applied her background and knowledge in medicine and technology to found Context Matters Inc., a healthcare information and data analytics technology platform based in New York City. Ho also co-founded the NYC Health Business Leaders network and serves on the Advisory Board of NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Bio and Health Tech NYC Entrepreneurship Lab Program. Ho’s expertise in the health and economic environment of NYC will be invaluable to the Board.
Michael Meng is the chairman, president and chief financial officer of Stellar Health, a technology company that improves population health outcomes for providers and insurers around the country. Michael brings to the board extensive experience investing in and working with healthcare companies to offer technology solutions and other ancillary services in the health sphere.
Alfonso Chang is a co-founder and managing director of The AC3 Group, a boutique strategy consultancy focused on advising companies on financial and strategic topics. In addition, he serves as managing director of Relativity Healthcare Partners, an investment group dedicated to providing growth capital to healthcare companies. Chang also serves as the CEO/president of Purdue GMP Center, a center of excellence in pharmaceutical manufacturing, providing analytical, development, manufacturing, and strategic solutions to pharmaceutical companies.
“Our dynamic students deserve an equally dynamic board committed to the health of all. We are looking forward to working with this new team to grow the school’s fundraising efforts and honor its commitment to providing high quality education and fostering innovation in public health,” said Doyno.