As a political appointee of Governor Deval Patrick, Chris Chanyasulkit serves as a commissioner on both the Massachusetts Asian American Commission (since 2012) and the Commission on the Status of Women (since 2009); in that capacity she advocates for the needs of Asian Americans and women throughout the Commonwealth. Professionally, she serves as a Human Services Specialist in the Brookline Department of Public Health and teaches at Babson College on minority health and health disparities.
After earning her bachelor of arts degree 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 the BUSPH, Chris worked in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health for more than 10 years and also as a TB Research Program Manager at Vaccine Technologies, Inc. She holds a doctoral degree in political science, with a concentration in public policy, from Northeastern University, where she conducted research on health disparities.
Dr. Chanyasulkit lives with her husband and two young boys in Brookline, where she is actively engaged in her community. She is a Brookline Town Meeting Member, Co-Chair of the Brookline Commission for Women, a Brookline Community Emergency Response Team member, a Brookline Medical Reserve Corps member, a Mentor Mom for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Parent Connection Program. She is also Vice-Chair of the Education Board and an appointed member of the Joint Policy Committee of the American Public Health Association.