Suzuho Shimasaki is recognized across Colorado as a public health leader with vast experiences in health equity strategies and programming, transformational organizational and community change, workforce development through peer-to-peer learning, and collaborative community engagement. Personally and professionally, Suzuho is invested in building a healthy and just society, creating opportunities for individuals and communities to achieve their desired potential, and living a life of purpose.
Prior to coming to Pitkin County, Suzuho served as the Evaluation Manager for ECHO Colorado, the Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator for the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center, and a Co-Director for The Colorado Trust’s Equity in Health Initiative at The Partnership for Families & Children. With a strong interest in giving back, Suzuho has volunteered for several organizations across Colorado, including serving as the President of the Colorado Public Health Association, a Commissioner for CDPHE’s Health Equity Commission, a member of the Inclusiveness Project and Basic Human Needs Committees for The Denver Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for the Center for Health Progress, the Asian Pacific Development Center, and the Mile High Japanese American Citizens League.
Invested in being a life-long learner, Suzuho has earned a BA in Sociology from UC Davis, an MPH from UCLA, and a DrPH from the Colorado School of Public Health. Suzuho has also graduated from the Advanced Leadership Training Program of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). Outside of work and volunteering, Suzuho enjoys hiking, country dancing, cycling, gardening, watching Broncos games, and playing taiko.