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Board of Trustees

Vital Strategies’ governing board

Message from our Chairperson

Louis James de Viel Castel

Vital Strategies’ unique, data-driven approach brings the best practices to bear on some of the world’s most vexing public health challenges. We apply the wealth of knowledge that comes from a team of experts from across a variety of fields to bring attention to the causes and hazards of air pollution; to empower governments to count every life and use data strategically; to reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease; to make the world’s roads safer; and to combat the epidemic of non-communicable diseases.

The organization has experienced incredible growth since it was founded in 2016. We have branched out into new areas of public health, and in new directions within existing programs, all toward furthering our mission of a world where every person is protected by a strong public health system. Our team now works and lives in 73 countries and we have offices in Singapore, Paris, São Paulo, Jinan and New York.

Our recent work has reinforced our reputation for partnering with governments and local organizations to help rapidly propel ideas from concept to implementation, without compromising quality. We’re proud to share our efforts and the many victories we have had in collaborating with leaders and policymakers in advancing their ability to protect their people.

I am certain that we will continue to apply our expertise to even more challenges in the years ahead, and to improve the health and quality of life for people around the world.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Louis James de Viel Castel

Executive Committee 


Louis James de Viel Castel 
Managing Director, Quilvest 

Vice Chair for Programs 

Marc Sznajderman 
Senior Managing Director, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC 

Vice Chair for Operations

Helen Agerup 
Chairman, H&B Ågerup Foundation 


Scott Halstead 
Investor, Advisor and Board Member, Venture capital and private equity backed technology-enabled service businesses 


Eric Rosenbaum 
Chief Executive Officer, Lantern Organization and Lantern Community Services 

President and Chief Executive Officer

José Luis Castro (ex Officio)

Board Members

David A. Caputo
President Emeritus and Retired Professor of Political Science, Pace University 

Chris Castagna
Owner, Pennington Apothecary, Quakerbridge Pharmacy, Sante Integrative Pharmacy 

Frank G. Colella
Attorney at Law 

Roslyn “Roz” Feder
Biopharmaceutical Business Development Consultant 

Mark Foley
President, Pendo LLC 

Masae Kawamura
Senior Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Immune and Infectious Disease Franchise Qiagen 

Ram Koppaka
Associate Director for Adult Immunization, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Renée Ridzon
Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control (Kenya) 

Bruce Mandell
President, Data-Mail, Inc. 

Jack Salvo
Executive Vice President, Business Development, PharmaSphere 

Neil W. Schluger (ex Officio)
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences 

Dean Schraufnagel
Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Department of Medicine 

Richard Shepro
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP