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Welcoming AAPIP’s Incoming FY22 Board of Directors


AAPIP is proud to announce new and returning board members who have been elected by our membership. They are a distinguished group of colleagues and we are honored to have them on board – please join us in welcoming them for a first term of office beginning July 1, 2021:

Paurvi Bhatt
Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy
President of Medtronic Foundation                                                                                

 Paurvi’s unique career spans the corporate, nonprofit and government sector. In her past leadership roles, she led outcomes-based initiatives at Levi Strauss and Co., Abbott, USAID, US GAO, and CARE. Her technical training is in health systems and economics – with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and impact measurement. She is known for delivering scalable and sustainable cross-disciplinary solutions by partnering across commercial, nonprofit and government stakeholders to improve outcomes in health and social issues impacting health for the underserved.

Paurvi is deeply committed to building the next generation of women leaders focusing on social impact. She is passionately a “working daughter” as a caregiver and serves on several advisory groups and nonprofit boards focusing on leadership, philanthropy, caregiving, and access to healthcare.  Her formal Board roles include, The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregivers, CaringBridge, and The Nurse Family Partnership. She advises the Council of Foundations, The Conference Board, GlobeMed, and Women in Global Health.  Paurvi holds a Master of Public Health in health systems and economics from Yale University and Bachelor Degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University, is PhD (ABD) from Johns Hopkins University. 

Doua Thor
Director of Sobrato Philanthropies’ English Learner Initiative

 Doua Thor is the Director of the English Learner Initiative at Sobrato Philanthropies. Since 2017, as Senior Program Officer, she successfully managed Sobrato’s work in English Learner policy and as Director, she oversees the English Learner policy work as a separate focus area, continuing to work with nonprofits and local and state leaders to advance change in the education system for English Learners in California.

Previously, she served as an advisor to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Fund and most recently was a political appointee in the Obama Administration as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from Wayne State University. Doua and her family were resettled in Detroit and are among the many thousands of Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United States after supporting and fighting alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War.

Maria Torres-Springer
Vice President for U.S. Programs at The Ford Foundation

Maria Torres-Springer is Vice President for U.S. Programs at The Ford Foundation. She oversees all the foundation’s domestic programming for Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice, Future of Work(ers), Just Cities and Regions, and Technology and Society.

Maria’s extensive experience includes almost 15 years in public service with the City of New York, where she led three agencies addressing some of the city’s most significant public policy challenges such as housing affordability, economic development, and workforce development. Throughout her tenure in the public sector and in previous roles in the non-profit and private sectors, she has worked to create powerful partnerships among communities, business, and government in pursuit of expanded economic opportunity and justice for the historically  marginalized. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s in public policy from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Brooklyn with her  husband and two daughters.