Sylvia Heumann Paz was born in Chile to European Holocaust survivor parents. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from the Universidad Católica de Chile and Harvard University, respectively. After working in Chile for five years, immigrating to the United States and raising two daughters, she returned to school to obtain a Master’s in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and then a PhD in Public Health from UCLA. Sylvia has managed multiple NIH-funded multi-million-dollar grants and has been awarded several NIH grants to study health and access to care of under-served minority populations. In particular, her research focuses on measurement of health disparities among subgroups of the U.S. population.
In addition to her research, Sylvia has served on the Boards of Planned Parenthood and Santiago College, for which she served as President of its U.S. Board of Trustees for the past four years. Santiago College is a highly regarded private international college preparatory school in Santiago, Chile. Sylvia has served on the board of Families Forward Learning Center for 13 years. She has chaired the Nominating and Governance committee, the Programs committee, and has served as Vice-President and President of the board. She also spearheaded a formal evaluation program that included a longitudinal study conducted by the RAND Corporation that focused on measuring the organization’s long-term efficacy. In her spare time, Sylvia enjoys reading, cooking, walking, swimming in the ocean, and above all, spending time with her family, which includes two toddler granddaughters.