Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, will retire on April 1, and current Prevent Blindness COO Jeff Todd has been tapped to take over the lead role. Parry has served in the role since 2002.
Todd (pictured here) began his career in the Governor's Office of the State of Indiana, where he coordinated a statewide community-development initiative supporting county-level health and safety interventions. He later moved to positions with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Youth as Resources, and the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, overseeing information dissemination aimed at reducing rates of youth violence.
He joined Prevent Blindness in 2003 as director of Public Health and later served as COO where he oversaw the mission-based work of Prevent Blindness, focusing on program outreach, education, public health, and policy. Just a few of his many accomplishments at the organization include:
- Establishing the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, a resource that promotes a continuum of eye health care for children across the country.
- Launching the Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit, a forum for a national dialogued on vision and public health, now headed into its seventh year.
“Advancing equitable access to healthcare is essential to a healthy and productive society,” says Todd. “I’m proud of the work Prevent Blindness does in this space. And what’s unique about our work in eye health is how it also touches heavily on education, employment, and independence. Prevent Blindness has been a powerful patient advocate for sight since 1908. I’m honored to be able to lead this organization into its next chapter.”
In addition to his work at Prevent Blindness, Todd serves as Chair of Vision 2020 USA, is a member of the Advisory Board to Jonas Children’s Vision Care at Columbia University Medical Center, and is a past chair of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Howard Brown Health, a volunteer position he has held for eight years, and is a member of the District of Columbia (D.C.) Bar Association.
“Through his tireless efforts to develop and strengthen vision programs, create new strategies, and focus on helping both adults and children obtain the access to quality vision care services we all deserve, Jeff has demonstrated his ability to lead Prevent Blindness and maintain the organization as a trusted advocate for all Americans,” says Torrey DeKeyser, chair of the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors. “And, on behalf of all of us at Prevent Blindness, we thank Hugh Parry for his dedication and leadership that helped continue this organization’s sight-saving mission.”