Shamma Choudhury

Shamma Choudhury

Shamma Choudhury joined Distressed Children & Infants International as the Program Development Officer in 2016 and brings extensive experience in strategic philanthropy education, nonprofit program development, and capacity building. While growing up in Bangladesh and Iran, Shamma witnessed the devastating effects of poverty on children firsthand and felt a responsibility to help these families in any way she could. Throughout her academic career, Shamma explored her passion for public health and social justice by volunteering for organizations focused on vulnerable populations.

Shamma previously worked as the Program Director for American Autism Association in New York City, creating innovative programs for low-income families with children on the spectrum. Her volunteer work encompasses a broad range of organizations including American Lung Association, World Cares Center, and the Palm Beach County Health Department.

Shamma is excited to join DCI and focus her efforts on building the Sun Child Sponsorship and Healthcare for the Underprivileged programs to the next level. As a dedicated advocate for child rights and equal access to education and healthcare, Shamma hopes to improve the quality of life for impoverished children in Bangladesh and ensure that every child is able to fulfill their potential regardless of their circumstances. She looks forward to visiting her native country to support and further DCI’s tremendous impact on literacy, healthcare, and poverty.

Shamma received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology, and plans to pursue a Ph.D in public health in the future. She recently settled in Maryland with her husband and son. In her spare time, Shamma enjoys playing the piano, practicing yoga, and cooking.