The Board of Directors of the LIVESTRONG Foundation announced today that it has selected Chandini Portteus as the Foundation’s next president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2015. Portteus, 36, joins LIVESTRONG after nearly 10 years with Susan G. Komen, where she served most recently as Chief Mission Officer responsible for strategy and programming around research, community health, public policy and global programs.
“Chandini’s experience, energy and commitment to the cancer community makes her perfectly suited to lead the next stage of LIVESTRONG’s evolution. Her work forging alliances with both corporate and academic partners will be extremely valuable as we launch the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin,” said Jeff Garvey, chairman of the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s board of directors. “We are thrilled to welcome Chandini to the LIVESTRONG family.”
“I am excited by the opportunity to lead such an iconic, dynamic organization, whose mission is clear and direct – helping those affected by cancer now. LIVESTRONG has always been the voice of the survivor and I am energized by the team’s focus on innovation and patient-centered cancer care,” said Portteus. “I am honored to help shape the Foundation’s next chapter with the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes and look forward to working with such a committed and creative community of survivors, supporters and advocates.”
“After an extensive national search, the board was unanimous in its enthusiasm about the choice of Chandini. Her credentials speak for themselves and her energy, intelligence and understanding of the challenges faced by cancer survivors impressed all of us,” said Candice Toll Aaron, chair-elect of the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s board of directors. “On behalf of the entire board, I look forward to collaborating with Chandini on shaping LIVESTRONG’s future.”
While at Susan G. Komen, Portteus was instrumental in creating focused initiatives working across more than 30 countries. Her global programming work included fundraising with major donors and partnerships with Fortune 100 companies. In addition, she was the architect and relationship manager for the scientific advisory bodies of Susan G. Komen, which included the Scientific Advisory Board and the Komen Scholars.
Portteus received her liberal arts degree from Austin College in Psychology and Biology, with a masters degree from the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health. Previously, she worked in sales for Knoll Pharmaceutical, as well as conducting clinical research at UT Southwestern Medical School, Children’s Medical Center, UT Houston School of Public Health and Parkland Hospital. Portteus is married to Andrew Portteus, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, and together they are the parents of four children. The family will be relocating to Austin in the coming weeks.