Chandini Portteus serves as President and CEO of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC). As a seasoned executive in the nonprofit sector, Portteus oversees the organization’s strategic direction and growth with a fresh eye toward mission programming and innovations in fundraising. Portteus’ background demonstrates the highest degree of expertise in the areas of research, public health and community support services, all critical to WOKC’s mission to work relentlessly for a day when children are living cancer free.
Portteus joined WOKC following her role as principal and CEO of CP & Associates and President and CEO of Livestrong Foundation after nearly 10 years with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, having last served as its Chief Mission Officer. She was the youngest C-level executive and officer in the organization’s history and provided strategic leadership and management of Komen’s key mission areas: research, community health, public policy, and global programs. While at Komen she was responsible for overseeing an active research portfolio of over $300M in funding worldwide and community health outreach through a network of over 125 affiliates annual funding of $100M. Portteus led the vision and implementation of public policy programs on federal and state levels to impact key issue areas of cancer. She also led programming in 30 countries, including oversight of international affiliates, fundraising, and awareness platforms such as the Race for the Cure series abroad. Portteus was also the architect for the scientific advisory bodies of Susan G. Komen, the Scientific Advisory Board and the Komen Scholars.
At Livestrong, Portteus’ strategic path focused on improving the lives of individuals, impacting communities (nationally and globally), and transforming current systems to better care for people affected by cancer. Through her fresh approach, the foundation saw an increase in the number of cancer survivors it served daily and provided free support services and resources for people affected by cancer on a larger scale.
Portteus led the development and design of the Livestrong Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, putting the patient at the center of the health care ecosystem. Having been sought out as a turnaround leader during her time at Livestrong, she and her team were able to increase giving across revenue channels for the first time following revenue decline, resulting in more money available for her redesigned mission model focused on serving more patients.
Her roots in the research and medical community began in Dallas, having worked as a member of research teams at UT Southwestern Medical School, Children’s Medical Center, Parkland Hospital, and UT School of Public Health. Her work ranged from large multicenter National Institutes of Health clinical trials and cooperative groups, epidemiology, and population studies to pharmaceutical and industry-sponsored trials.
She received a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College in Psychology and Biology and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.