Introducing Our New Board President: Bobby Derival

Welcome to Our New Board President, Bobby Derival

Hands Up for Haiti welcomed a new board President in January.

Bobby is a passionate and dedicated public health professional who strives to create positive social change through education, mentorship, and collaboration. After graduating from Fordham University, Bobby earned both a Master of Arts in Public Health and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University. Bobby is currently the Executive Director of the Masters in Public Administration program at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York. A first generation Haitian-American whose family is originally from Cap Haitien, Bobby has contributed his unique understanding of the culture and challenges of the people of Northern Haiti as both Vice President and a HUFH Executive Board member.  Bobby has a proven record of generating and building relationships and managing complex projects and he is excited to bring his leadership skills to the position of President of the Board. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Hands Up For Haiti (HUFH) board since 2019 and I am honored to now have the opportunity to serve as the next Board President.

This organization is special to me because I am a proud Hatian American with deep roots in Cap-Haitien. This region is where my family is from and my grandfather’s house still stands in Carenage – a quiet neighborhood just outside of the city’s center. Beyond the personal connection, I’ve seen firsthand the power of HUFH’s health workers delivering life-saving health care to the most remote and impoverished communities of Northern Haiti. 

I am excited to do all that I can to support the miracle workers that comprise our staff. And I am thrilled to do this work alongside an amazing community of supporters and volunteers who believe in our Haitian Run – Haitian Led Programs.”

– Bobby Derival

Our in-country leadership team, Thermitus and Fritznel Jean, look forward to welcoming Bobby in this new role, as he has been a valuable mentor to them and source of guidance over the years.