Thomas G. Bognanno has been the President and CEO of Community Health Charities since January 2006. Prior to that, Tom had a distinguished 20-year career with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), starting as Executive Director for the former ADA New Mexico and Missouri affiliates and Executive Vice President for the Texas affiliate. He was promoted to Special Assistant to the CEO in 1998 before moving into the role of Chief Field Officer in 2003. Prior to his years with ADA, he spent six years with the American Cancer Society.
Among his key accomplishments in his role as Chief Field Officer, Tom was instrumental in revitalizing the community level infrastructure of ADA and in bringing volunteer and staff development back as a priority for the organization. He was also one of the chief architects of the Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life partnership between the ADA, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
At Community Health Charities, Tom has been a catalyst for creating a new direction for the organization’s nearly 2,000 member charities nationwide and its network of 50 market locations. Through the initial introduction of the Health Matters at Work portal in 2006, Community Health Charities has evolved into a full-service employee engagement delivery model under Tom’s leadership. This model focuses on strengthening our community presence, improving brand awareness and in accessing, opening and servicing new workplace giving campaigns. Tom has also provided the leadership and vision that resulted in the consolidation of Community Health Charities into one corporate entity with the merger of the 36 separate affiliate associations in 2014. Currently, he is leading the effort to re-align Community Health Charities’ strategic direction to optimize this expanded business model with a broader array of health and employee engagement products. The goal is to create strategic capability across all functions of Community Health Charities that will accelerate the ability to generate income for our member charities.
Residing in northern Virginia, Tom and his wife, Suzan, have been married for 34 years and raised three children.