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Devoting her career to data-driven decision making, using sound science, and most importantly, identifying systemic solutions to complex public health and socio-economic issues, Dr. Aditi Bussells is a fierce advocate for economic growth, community investment, and equitable opportunities in Columbia. She is an ardent supporter of the notion that a healthy community goes hand-in-hand with a healthy economy.
“As Columbia, SC faces unchartered territory, Aditi Bussells is uniquely qualified to ensure that Columbia comes out of the pandemic more resilient, prosperous, and vibrant than ever.” – Landry Phillips, Local Business Owner
Aditi is a first-generation immigrant who has personally experienced what a thriving community can provide for children and families to succeed. Aditi believes that everyone, regardless of where they came from, deserves to live their best life. It is this belief that has kept Aditi passionate and engaged in public service. Professionally, Aditi is public health researcher and oversees several statewide initiatives to support family and child well-being. She received her PhD in public health at the University of South Carolina.
Aditi is deeply involved in various Columbia causes. In 2018, she was a key partner in launching ‘Resilient Richland,’ now a county- and city-wide initiative led by United Way of the Midlands. This past year, you may have seen Aditi knocking doors as a mayor-appointed member of the Complete Count Committee of the City of Columbia for the 2020 Census. She also works with several local community groups, to advocate for civic engagement, tackle food insecurity, and address affordable housing.
“From knocking on doors to ensure residents complete their Census to providing expert guidance on public health in the city, my goal has always been to ensure our communities have the resources and knowledge they need and their voices are heard.” – Aditi Bussells
Aditi currently serves as a member of the Commission for the Future of Columbia looking at ways to make the city more equitable and inclusive. She is a board
member of Columbia Opportunity Resource, focusing on keeping diverse talent within the region’s workforce and of Richland Public Education Partners, supporting efforts to provide collaborative solutions to educational challenges.
In her free time, you can catch Aditi and her husband Louis spending time in one of the many amazing Columbia restaurants, hiking Harbison State Forest with their dogs Bridgette and Battle, or enjoying time with friends at the Soda City Market or on Lake Murray.
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