Committee of 100 Endorses Dr. David Ho to be Nominated as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

New York, NY (December 22, 2021) – Committee of 100 is endorsing Dr. David Ho, longtime Committee of 100 member and pioneer in AIDS/HIV research, to be nominated as the next Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Ho has been with Committee of 100 since 1990, part of the very first group of Members that helped shape the organization. Dr. Ho currently serves as the founding scientific director and CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University and is leading a team of scientists to identify new therapies and interventions to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dr. Ho is one of the world’s leading medical minds and an American of the highest personal character. He would be an ideal choice for this very important and challenging job,” said Gary Locke, Former Governor of Washington, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Former U.S. Ambassador to China, and current Committee of 100 Chair. “The U.S. will benefit greatly from his leadership, as will people around the world who will depend on future medical breakthroughs from research-led and funded by NIH. I have worked closely with Dr. Ho for years and know firsthand that he would be an invaluable and dynamic leader of NIH.”

“Given the rise in anti-Asian hate and sentiment, it is critical that Asian Americans have representation across the U.S. government,” said Zheng Yu Huang, President of Committee of 100. “Dr. Ho has been serving underserved communities throughout his career and is eminently qualified to hold the position of Director of the National Institutes of Health, and we highly encourage the nominating committee to move forward with his selection.”

To read Committee of 100’s public letter submitted to President Joe Biden endorsing Dr. David Ho, click here.

About Committee of 100

Committee of 100 is a non-profit U.S. leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, healthcare, and the arts focused on public policy engagement, civic engagement, and philanthropy. For over 30 years, Committee of 100 has served as the preeminent organization committed to the dual missions of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life and constructive relations between the United States and Greater China. Visit or follow Committee of 100 on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook for more information.


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