Elected November 2016
Term Ending: November 2020
Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH, is a senior lecturer and course designer in the Simmons College Department of Public Health. Chris joined Simmons College with a background in policy advocacy that is grounded in a strong belief in eliminating the structural barriers to equity for vulnerable populations. Chris holds leadership positions with local, state, regional and national governance and civic engagement organizations, working to promote racial and gender equity and policy advocacy.
In addition to currently co-chairing the Brookline Commission for Women, she was also a gubernatorial appointee to both the Massachusetts Asian American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women. In that capacity, she advocated for the needs of Asian Americans and women throughout the Commonwealth. Prior to joining Simmons College, she served as the Assistant Director of the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. After earning her Bachelor of Arts at Boston University, with dual majors in biology and art history, she joined AmeriCorps and assisted non-profits in developing and maintaining technological competency in the administration and delivery of services. Following her service in the non-profit field, she returned to the Boston University School of Public Health and completed a master’s degree in public health, concentrating in maternal and child health care. After graduating from BUSPH, Chris worked in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for over 10 years. She also holds a doctoral degree in political science with a concentration in public policy from Northeastern University, where she conducted research on health disparities. Chanyasulkit has taught courses at Bentley University, Northeastern University, and Babson College in Health Disparities, American Government, International Affairs, and Globalization. She regularly guest lectures at local colleges, universities and community groups.
She is also an elected Brookline Town Meeting Member, Trustee for the Library Board of Brookline, a Brookline Community Emergency Response Team member, a Brookline Medical Reserve Corps member, a Steering Committee member of the Brookline Asian American Family Network, a Steering Committee member of the West Suburban Community Health Network Area, a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a Mentor Mom for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Parent Connection Program, and serves on other state and national boards. With a proven public health background, she served as chair of the Education Board, co-Chair of the Joint Policy Committee, and was elected to the APHA Executive Board. With a commitment to ending health disparities, she is also an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Equity Council for New England. When she’s not at Simmons, you can likely find Chris running around one of Brookline’s many parks with her husband and three young children.