CUNY SPH Foundation Board welcomes two new members

February 21, 2020 | Press Releases & Announcements

Dr. Saquib Rahim and Ruth Wooden

Dr. Saquib Rahim and Ruth Wooden

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) Foundation is pleased to announce two new appointees to its Board of Directors: Dr. Saquib Rahim and Ruth Wooden.

Dr. Saquib Rahim is a digital health executive and a board-certified attending physician at New York Presbyterian. He formerly served as the chief medical officer of Alyvant and as chief medical officer and vice president of clinical strategy at Aetna Digital. He also served as director of integrated health at Quartet and chief medical officer at CipherHealth – both New York-based healthcare technology companies.

Dr. Rahim brings extensive experience in healthcare from both clinical and business perspectives to the CUNY SPH Foundation, having practiced and consulted in more than 20 different health systems. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in political science and earned his MD from Northwestern University with honors in internal medicine as a member of the combined seven-year BA/MD program. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School, where he co-authored a teaching case on outcomes measurement in healthcare and advised the HBS Healthcare Initiative.

Ruth Wooden retired in 2011 after more than 40 years as a marketing and public policy communications professional. Ms. Wooden’s storied career included her leadership as president of the Advertising Council, the nation’s leading provider of public service advertising campaigns for nonprofits and government agencies. After being named Advertising Woman of the Year in 1996 by Advertising Women of New York, she went on to serve as the advertising coordinator for Senator Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign. Later in her career, she worked at Porter Novelli’s social marketing practice and served as president of Public Agenda, the NYC-based research and policy think tank, until her retirement.

Ms. Wooden has a rich history of volunteerism with nonprofit organizations including CARE, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University School of Health Sciences and the Mailman School of Public Health, Research!America, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, Demos, and The Public Good Projects Inc. She is the former chair of the board of (formerly Civic Ventures) and current chair of the board of Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund). She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has an honorary degree from Northeastern University. She earned her MA in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, where she currently directs the Encore Transition Program for adults 55+ who seek to transition to work in social justice and social purpose activities.

“We are delighted to welcome Saquib and Ruth to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Both individuals bring decades of unique experience and fresh perspectives on public health that will empower our efforts to support the school,” said Dean Ayman El-Mohandes.

“Ruth and Saquib will add a new dynamic to our board and open our students to new ways of thinking and learning as the foundation continues to expand its role with students,” added CUNY SPH Foundation Executive Director Adam Doyno. “Directors of the Foundation join because they believe in the power of CUNY and they believe in our students. Ruth and Saquib are no different and will help promote opportunities for students to grow and learn in their public health careers.”

The CUNY SPH Foundation has also accepted the resignation of Dr. Destry Sulkes, who joined the Board in October 2018. A seasoned professional in health data analytics and communications and prior guest lecturer in the school’s certificate program in social marketing, Destry will re-focus his efforts on supporting the development of the new MS in Health Communication for Social Change at CUNY SPH.

“We are grateful for Destry’s service on the Board and thrilled that his expertise will inform our exciting new MS program,” explained Dr. El-Mohandes.

The CUNY SPH Foundation Board provides critical governance and support to help ensure that the school has sufficient financial resources to accomplish its goals. View the full board of directors here.