Beyond February: Dr. Chris Wachira’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion at RMHC Bay Area

Chris Wachira Board

Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area is proud to welcome Dr. Chris Wachira as one of our newest board members. Dr. Wachira’s background in medicine working the Neuroscience Clinical Outcomes at Stanford Healthcare. Her journey, ignited by a love for science, later evolved into a passion for winemaking.  Dr. Wachira is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of  The Wachira Group and Wachira Wines, the first Kenyan American winery in the U.S. A trailblazer in her own right, Dr. Wachira brings a unique perspective and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

 In this spotlight feature, we sit down with Dr. Wachira for an insightful Q&A session, exploring her thoughts on the importance of celebrating Black History Month and her vision for promoting DEI within the RMHC Bay Area community. 

Why do you think it’s important to celebrate Black History Month beyond February?  

“These celebrations provide an opportunity to honor and recognize the contributions, achievements, and resilience of Black individuals throughout history. It helps to acknowledge the rich and diverse heritage of our community and highlights our often overlooked or underrepresented stories and experiences. 

Beyond just February, it is crucial to continue celebrating and acknowledging Black history throughout the year for several reasons. First, Black history is America’s history and America’s future. The contributions of Black individuals have shaped and influenced various aspects of society, such as music, literature, science, politics, and civil rights, among others. By recognizing and incorporating these stories into our collective narrative, we gain a more comprehensive understanding of our shared past and guidance into an inclusive future.” 

How do you celebrate Black History Month?  

“I educate myself on historical black achievements and amplify their excellence through my platforms. I also host and participate in community events that celebrate and showcase various forms of black excellence.”

How has your identity shaped your values and who you are?   

“I walk these streets as a black, immigrant woman. I’m acutely aware of the socio-economic disparities that plague my community and I have a deep commitment to equality, justice, and inclusivity.  

I have been very intentional about weaving these values into both my entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts.  RHMC’s dedication to improving the lives of children and their families aligns with my personal values, and I believe in the importance of supporting such organizations that have a proven track record of making a difference.” 

Why is supporting Ronald McDonald House a priority for you?  

“Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) plays a crucial role in providing support and resources to families with seriously ill or injured children. These families often face immense emotional and financial burdens, and RMHC offers them a home away from home during difficult times. By supporting this organization, I can contribute to easing the burden on these families and providing them with a comforting and supportive environment.  

I can directly contribute towards improving pediatric healthcare. The funds raised by RMHC go towards the operation and expansion of Ronald McDonald Houses, Family Rooms, and Care Mobiles. These facilities provide essential resources and services to families, including accommodations, meals, transportation, and clinical support. By supporting RMHC, I can help ensure that these much-needed resources are available to families when they need them the most.”  

As a new board member, what have you seen so far? What initiatives / goals do you have in mind to help support DEI? 

“I am particularly thrilled about our new family house in Oakland in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  RMHC Bay Area has a long-standing reputation for making a positive impact in communities worldwide. They have been providing their services now reaching a 45-year anniversary this year and have helped countless families in need. 

 I look forward to translating this much-needed assistance in our Oakland community. It gives me such a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Knowing that my support can bring comfort, joy, and relief to families facing challenging circumstances is incredibly rewarding. It reminds me of the power of compassion and community and motivates me to continue making a positive impact in the lives of others.” 

Dr. Wachira’s addition to the RMHC Bay Area Board brings a wealth of experience, a commitment to DEI, and a passion for making a positive impact in the community. Her insights on celebrating Black History Month and her vision for supporting RMHC’s mission exemplify the values that drive her to create a more inclusive and compassionate future. 

Thank you, Dr. Wachira, for your service and positive influence.  

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