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American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO): Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Impact Search Advisors by Nonprofit HR is proud to have partnered with American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) on this search that has successfully closed. Krista Suggs was selected for the position.

Krista Suggs is a highly versatile and experienced association professional specializing in strategy development and the conceptualization and implementation of early career professional development and diversity programs. Suggs is adept at developing comprehensive and cohesive program strategy, creating innovative funding proposals and overseeing complex budgets, and overseeing marketing and communications efforts to expand organizational reach and influence. She has significant experience building partnerships and cultivating collaborative work environments with internal and external stakeholders. She has proven success in the development, management, and delivery of a broad portfolio of educational and training initiatives in multiple learning formats.

Suggs is ASTRO’s first director dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of a range of DEI programs and initiatives across the Society, including strategies to engage and retain a diverse membership that better represents the patient communities whom radiation oncologists serve, as well as efforts to mitigate health equity disparities for people with cancer and other priority DEI topics that are identified as part of an upcoming cultural audit. Suggs also oversees ASTRO’s early-career development programs including its Aspiring Scientists and Physicians Program, Minority Summer Fellowship, Leadership Protégé Pipeline and residents committee, and she is the primary staff liaison to ASTRO’s recently established Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Before joining ASTRO, Suggs spent two decades as a key contributor to the strategic direction of the Endocrine Society’s DEI efforts, including 15 years focused on establishing career development and DEI initiatives. Suggs developed the society’s flagship leadership development training programs to expand endocrinology’s pipeline of underrepresented minority scientist and physician leaders, and she also developed educational programming around health disparities and other DEI issues. Read more about Krista.

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