Zahra El-Mekkawy Elected President of BCHN Board


On May 22, the Bronx Community Health Network board of directors elected Zahra Elmekkawy as the 9th president in the organization's 22-year history. The board also selected the 2018-2019 Board Officers, electing Eduardo Alayon as vice president and John Ruiz as treasurer, and the re-electing David Fletcher as Corporate Secretary and Charles Barnett as Recording Secretary.

About BCHN's New Board President
Zahra Elmekkawy is a senior executive with broad policy, operations, and risk management experience in both the private and public sectors. Over the past four years, she led an accelerated transformation of AIG’s global operational risk management framework, including the design and implementation of programs to evaluate, monitor and remediate risks, and enhance risk culture. She previously held various positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As Senior Vice President, she directed the area responsible for the supervision of 150-plus foreign banking organizations in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Prior to that role, she served as COO, with responsibility over HR, operations, and financial management activities in the Bank Supervision function. She’s also held various leadership roles over the Market Risk and Policy Departments, and represented the Federal Reserve at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland for four years.

Ms. Elmekkawy strongly believes that healthcare is a human right: Her involvement in BCHN stems from her long-standing interest in this field; it has also led her to pursue an Executive Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. Ms. Elmekkawy holds a B.S. (Journalism) & B.A. (International Affairs) from Boston University, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.