Tiosha Bailey was placed as the executive director of the Chicago affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world's largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts, such as research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives, and has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment, and psychosocial support programs for millions of people in more than 60 countries. More than 100,000 survivors and activists are part of the Susan G. Komen organization, involved in more than 120 cities and communities; the Chicago service area covers all of Cook, Kane, DuPage, McHenry, and Lake Counties. In her role, Tiosha will provide leadership, vision, and direction to the Chicago affiliate, the broader Susan G. Komen organization, and the breast health community. In partnership with the board of directors, she will build on the brand and substantial history of impact of the organization to engage more volunteers, major donors, and C-suite decision-makers to support and fund its mission. Tiosha will also be accountable for planning, budget approval, stewardship of resources, staffing, and the representation of Komen Chicago to elected officials, the public, and the Komen Affiliate Board and national executive team in Dallas.
Tiosha comes to Susan G. Komen from the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she served as the deputy commissioner for its Health Promotion Bureau, which had a budget of approximately $15 million and a staff of 60. There, she was accountable for the areas of chronic disease, cancer prevention, substance use disorder, and violence prevention, and provided oversight to the Mental Health Advisory Board. During her tenure, Tiosha implemented Chicago 2.0, a plan focused on ensuring that the city would have strong communities and collaborative stakeholders, and that all residents would be able to enjoy equitable access to resources, opportunities, and environments to maximize their health and well-being. She also led the strategic expansion of breast health services through recruiting providers and partnering with two area academic medical centers, and achieved approval for the creation of an intergovernmental agreement between the Chicago Department of Public Health and Cook County Hospitals to help staff the city's mental health clinics.
Previously, Tiosha served as the operations director for Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, and as that organization's manager of school-based health and adolescent services, after beginning her career as a coordinator for Communities in School of Chicago.
Tiosha is originally from Oak Park, Illinois. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and an MPH in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree from that institution. Tiosha and her husband are the parents of three sons, and Tiosha enjoys participating in book clubs in her spare time.