American Heart Association Names New Executive Director in Westchester & Fairfield Counties

New executive comes home to New York to fight heart disease and stroke

Executive Director, Amanda Palumbo

Amanda Palumbo, a Hudson Valley native, has been named the Executive Director of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Westchester & Fairfield, CT Counties.

Ms. Palumbo’s primary responsibilities will include identifying, recruiting and engaging strong volunteer leadership; managing a high performing staff team and collaborating with internal and external partners to inspire involvement and shared ownership of the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

“I’m excited to move my family home to New York and am deeply honored to be selected as the Executive Director that will work alongside the passionate and influential local board of directors and dedicated staff to improve health outcomes in this community,” said Ms. Palumbo.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director in Westchester and Fairfield, Amanda was the American Heart Association’s Executive Director in Tampa Bay, FL.  Amanda oversaw all the revenue and health activity in the Florida market, one of AHA’s high-priority revenue markets raising over $6 million annually.

“The American Heart Association has done some great work over its first 100 years, but we have more to do,” said Ms. Palumbo.  “We need to make blood pressure management more accessible for under resourced community members, address food security by focusing on the accessibility and adaptability of nutritious foods, tackle youth vaping and join our community in overcoming the countless health issues exacerbated by COVID-19, just to name a few.”

“The American Heart Association in Westchester and Fairfield Counties is very fortunate to have drawn someone of Amanda’s caliber to our senior management team,” said Tara Comer, Senior Vice President, American Heart Association.  “Her extensive experience with the American Heart Association and her passion for our cause will help steer the organization toward further success in the fight against heart disease and stroke.”

Ms. Palumbo holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics in Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton and earned her master’s degree in Media Studies and Ethics at USF St. Petersburg.