Skip to content ↓
Press Room

Bruce Mandell Elected Vital Strategies Board Chair

Mr. Mandell is stepping in as the term of Louis James De Viel Castel concludes this year

Dec. 14, 2022 (New York)Vital Strategies, a leading global public health organization and a trusted partner of governments and civil society organizations around the world, announces that Bruce Mandell, President of Data-Mail Inc. and Chairman and Majority Ownerof Hartford Athletic, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Mandell steps into the role following the tenure of Louis James de Viel Castel, Managing Director, Quilvest, and Vital Strategies’ first Board Chair.

Bruce Mandell, President of Data-Mail Inc. and Chairman and Majority Ownerof Hartford Athletic, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees

“It has been my honor to serve as Board Chair and uphold Vital Strategies’ mission of working towards a world where every person is protected by equitable and effective public health systems,” said Mr. de Viel Castel. “I am proud to have been part of Vital Strategies since its inception and honored to leave having served as Board Chair during a period of rapid growth and transformation. I believe that Vital Strategies has all the capacity and talent necessary to respond rapidly to today’s most pressing public health issues. At a time when the world so urgently needs public health leadership, I welcome Bruce, my longtime friend and Vital Board member, as the new Board Chair. I am certain Vital Strategies will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

“At this critical moment in global public health, it is an honor to welcome Bruce Mandell as Board Chair,” said José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies. “With his business acumen, commitment to community and passion for improving health, Bruce is primed for this leadership role. I am thrilled to work alongside him and the Board of Trustees as we enter Vital Strategies’ next phase and continue to make the places we live, work and play engines for health.”

“Vital Strategies is building a future where the many facets of public health and the protections it affords are better understood and supported. As Board Chair, I look forward to working with my fellow trustees to advance our critical mission and champion the importance and relevance of public health in our everyday lives,” said Mr. Mandell. “Thank you to Jimmy for his exemplary service to the Board and to José for his leadership of Vital Strategies.”

Mr. Mandell is President of Data-Mail, Inc., a family-owned business founded in 1971 and one of the nation’s largest direct marketing, print and production facilities. He is also Chairman and Majority Ownerof Hartford Athletic, a professional men’s soccer club that plays out of Trinity Health Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining Data-Mail, Mr. Mandell practiced corporate law in Manhattan after receiving a J.D. from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Tufts University.

Mr. Mandell is an active supporter of his community and philanthropic networks, serving as Board Member of the New England Chapter of the American Cancer Society, former Board Member and former Vice Chair of Kingswood Oxford School, Trustee for the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford and Fire Commissioner for the Town of Woodbridge. He works closely with the Mandell Family Foundation—a nonprofit providing programs related to education and health.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by equitable and effective public health systems. We partner with governments, communities and organizations to reimagine public health, and the result is millions of people living longer, healthier lives. Our goal is to build a future where better health is supported across all facets of our lives, in our families, communities, in our environment and our governments.

To find out more, visit or Twitter @VitalStrat.