Tom Chiodo is Senior Executive Director, National Program Development, WETA Television. With more than 30 years of experience in the communications, entertainment and health care industries, he develops strategic partnerships for the Foundation, from the inception of new initiatives to the expansion of existing programs. Along with the CEO, he leads fundraising efforts and manages development and donor relations. Key programs include Stand Up To Cancer, I Participate, Rise and Honor and two new programs focusing on childhood hunger in America (2014) and a national education initiative (2015).
Prior to joining EIF, Tom spent ten years as senior vice president at Rubenstein Communications, providing public relations services, representing such iconic New York institutions as The Apollo Theatre, New Year's Eve in Times Square, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards. Other notable clients include TIME magazine (Person of the Year and TIME 100); Fortune (Most Powerful Women’s Conference); The New York Business Forum; The United Nations Foundation; RED, PBS Faces of America; HBO Documentaries (most notably "Baghdad ER," "The Alzheimers Project" and "Addiction,” which received the 2007 EMMY Governor's Award); AMC original series launch of "Mad Men" and “Breaking Bad”; NYC GRAMMY Awards Host Committee; Ian Schrager Hotels; Directors Guild of America Honors; ABC News “Good Morning America”; Al Roker; Wenner Media; and Talk Magazine.
Tom’s earlier work was in the field of public health as a teacher, clinical researcher in cognitive development of infants and young children in the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts New England Medical Center, and as State Director of the SSI Disabled Children’s Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Tom is published in the New England Journal of Medicine for then groundbreaking efforts to support home care services for respirator dependent children. He is also a published playwright.
Board memberships include: The Fenway Community Health Center (Boston), The Professional Performing Arts High School (New York), Heart Gallery NYC Adoption Services and Rockflower, a new non-profit creating solutions for women and girls in the developing world.