Shalini Vallabhan, Managing Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Shalini Vallabhan, Managing Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Managing Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Shalini Vallabhan is a social impact leader with experience working with private, public, and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and the Asia region. She is currently managing director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and is overseeing advocacy work in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, and strategic partnership development in the greater Boston and New York City areas.

Shalini is dedicated to improving health around the world. After completing her PhD with a focus on health policy, she served as a legislative aide in the US Congress. Then Shalini directed the policy research team for the American Cancer Society and went on to become the ACS strategic director of Asia programs where she launched in-country training programs in India, China, and Southeast Asia for community-based organizations and governments. In 2009, Shalini moved to India to join the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease to help build public health capacity within governments and non-governmental organizations in Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia. She is serving as the chair of Pallium India USA, a US based non-profit dedicated to improve access to palliative care across India.

Shalini holds a PhD in political science from Texas A&M University and is an INSEAD alumna. She was a Fellow with the University of Wisconsin-Madison working to improve access to affordable and effective pain medications across India.