In July 2013, Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, became Executive Director and CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.
In this position, White-Faines is in charge of carrying out the AOA’s strategic agenda supporting the organization’s physician and student members and its commitment to promoting public health; advancing scientific research; and serving as the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools, hospitals and health care facilities.
For 10 years prior to joining the AOA, White-Faines served as vice president of health initiatives and advocacy at the American Cancer Society (ACS), Illinois Division, where she was accountable for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs. Prior to employment at ACS, she served as chief operating officer at Chicago-based Renwal Emergency Medical Services, a health care management consulting firm for hospitals and physicians, and at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she oversaw a $600 million hospital redevelopment project. She also worked as a health strategist with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and as a practice administrator for a large physician group practice in Whittier, Calif.
White-Faines remains active with numerous Chicago and national nonprofit organizations, including the Erikson Institute, American Field Service-USA and as a fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago. She holds a master’s of public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s of arts from Amherst (Massachusetts) College.
She resides in Chicago with her husband Larry Faines, MD, and her children Mari and Kamau.