December 3, 2014 - The Board of Directors of the California Black Women's Health Project proudly announces the appointment of Sonya Young Aadam as its new Chief Executive Officer. Having worked in close partnership with the organization on programmatic and grant funding opportunities over the past several years, Sonya Young Aadam developed a strong commitment to the mission and work of the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWHP). Her passion for the overall health and uplifting of Black women and girls is driven by the concept of "Health in All," and the awesome women who influenced her life growing up in South Los Angeles and Inglewood.
"The Board is delighted to welcome Mrs. Young Aadam as CABWHP's new CEO. She brings a wealth of experience, a solid skill set, and a passion for the work that uniquely positions her for this role," says Tyan Parker Dominguez, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W. - Chair, Board of Directors, CABWHP. "We look forward to working with her as she leads the organization into its next season of advocacy and activism on behalf of California's Black women and girls."
Mrs. Young Aadam's dedication to building unique collaborations to support expanded access to community health services and health education across multiple stakeholder levels was fostered during her previous leadership roles with the Los Angeles Urban League and BTL Health Inc/MetroHealth Station. She brings nearly 20 years of comprehensive experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, and management with Barclays Bank, The Walt Disney Company and Viacom/MTV Networks to her most important work in the past 5 years--supporting transformative intervention in underserved urban communities.
In 2010, Sonya Young Aadam joined the Los Angeles Urban League where she served as Director of Strategy & Development. Her accomplishments with the Los Angeles Urban League include creating the organization's strategic plan, co-authoring and publishing the 2011 Healthy Neighborhood Index and State of Black Los Angeles reports, oversight of program evaluation efforts, and the development of a unique partnership between the LA Urban League and the University of Southern California centered on health, wellness and workforce development. Her efforts in partnership with USC professors and staff ultimately led to the creation and launch of BTL Health, Inc/MetroHealth Station, a mission driven California benefit-corporation dedicated to delivering an interdisciplinary, holistic model of healthcare in urban communities. As a co-founder, and the Strategy & Community Relations Officer with BTL Health, Inc/MetroHealth Station, Sonya oversaw outreach, marketing and communications, relationship development, and strategic planning and analysis.
"What an honor it is to join CABWHP, an organization with a deep and powerful legacy of service to California's Black women and girls," Mrs. Young Aadam said. "I look forward to working in partnership with the impressive and committed Board to build upon this legacy and broaden our efforts across the state." Sonya earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of Business - University of Pennsylvania. Her upbringing in South Los Angeles and Inglewood was significantly enriched by her engagement with a myriad of social, spiritual and educational interventions targeting at-risk youth.
"Mrs. Young Aadam has dedicated her life to serving the Black community and her work throughout her career has embodied the very best of CABWHP's values and aspirations," past CABWHP CEO Crystal Crawford, Esq. said. "I am confident that her leadership and passion for serving our community will continue to build upon CABWHP's strong 20-year legacy of life-changing policy, advocacy, education and outreach work in new and exciting ways."
It's an exciting time for CABWHP as the organization also announces the relocation of its office in the city of Inglewood. While the office move was necessary, the organization was committed to maintaining its statewide office presence in Inglewood -- City of Champions. Strong partnerships formed with civic, faith-based, business, and community leaders are critical to CABWHP's ongoing effort to improve the health of Black women and girls in Inglewood, surrounding communities, and across the state of California.