Public Health Expert Surili Sutaria Patel Joins Governing Board of Maryland LCV Education Fund

Annapolis, MD – Surili Sutaria Patel, who has extensive experience working at the intersection of climate change and public health, has been newly elected to the Board of Directors of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCVEF). She will serve a three-year term beginning May 2023.

Patel is a vice president with the Metropolitan Group. She previously held a visionary leadership position at the American Public Health Association, where she drove strategic development to bridge the gap between public health practice and sound policies. She elevated the association’s climate change portfolio to the national stage by creating the Center for Climate, Health and Equity. As the director of the Center, she inspired action by public health professionals and advanced policy agendas that address health at the nexus of climate and equity.

“Surili Sutaria Patel is a leading voice in public health in Maryland who champions diversity and works to advance health equity and environmental justice,” said Maryland LCV Executive Director Kim Coble. “Surili approaches health and the environment through thoughtful coalition building and innovative strategies that work to advance equity and improve access. She will be a tremendous asset both to the work of Maryland LCVEF and to our board.”

Patel currently serves with a number of organizations, including Aawaz4Climate (which she co-founded with Seema Wadhwa), Physicians for Social Responsibility Board of Directors, Environmental Health Matters Initiative at the National Academies, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health – Advisory Board, and RESOLVE advisory board.

“I am honored to join the Maryland LCV Board of Directors,” said Surili Sutaria Patel. “I am impressed by their work both at the state house and in local communities across Maryland. I am particularly interested in helping to advance the organization’s focus on addressing climate change and its disproportionate health impacts on communities across Maryland.”

Patel enjoys painting, hiking and cooking international cuisines. As a former semi-professional Bharatanatyam dancer, she seeks opportunities to learn about arts and cultures from around the world.

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The Maryland LCV Education strengthens the environmental community by building diverse, effective coalitions and growing a base of conservation-minded voters across the state.