Last Mile Health is thrilled to announce that Michael Zouzoua has joined our Executive Team as Chief Financial Officer. Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit financial management and strategy to the organization, as well as a deep passion for Last Mile Health’s mission to serve last mile communities.
As Last Mile Health’s new Chief Financial Officer, Michael will be responsible for the organization’s finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, compliance and risk management, and other senior management activities. The depth of Michael’s experience leading financial operations for non-governmental organizations through periods of growth coupled with his knowledge of the development sector uniquely positions him to oversee Last Mile Health’s finances. Michael will be based in the organization’s Boston office, where he will report directly to Fiona Walsh, the Executive Managing Director.
Fiona welcomed his arrival, saying, “We are delighted that Michael is joining us at this crucial time for Last Mile Health. His expertise and experience will be invaluable as we manage our growth and continue strengthening our internal operations in support of deepening and accelerating our impact at the last mile.”
Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s finance, budget, and investment policies. Previously, Michael was the Director of Finance at the YWCA in Cambridge, MA and held financial management positions at MEH International and the New England Funds Group.
Originally from Cote d’Ivoire, Michael shares a strong personal connection to Last Mile Health’s work, and is excited to contribute his skills to a mission focused on serving remote communities in Liberia that are not unlike his own upbringing. Remarking on his new position, Michael said: “One of the things that drew me to Last Mile Health was the close resemblance between what the organization does and my own personal story. Having worked in the US for over 25 years, 15 of which were spent with international organizations, I felt like this was the right time for me to lend my knowledge and talents to my own community.”
Michael grew up in a remote community in western Cote d’Ivoire, where his family faced immense obstacles in accessing care, like long distance and lack of transportation. Five days after he was born, his father passed away. In his community, this was seen as a bad omen and his family was shunned. He reflected on this difficult time in his family’s life when he recently made his first trip to Last Mile Health’s sites in Liberia. “My message to our teams working to deliver care in remote communities was that the child you may treat one day in your community could grow up to be your next CFO.” He continued, “I just really want to give back to children like me, who may grow up to be a CFO one day.”
Speaking on his decision to join Last Mile Health, Michael said, “Last Mile Health is an organization where you see the direct impact that the funding received has on the people served. I honestly believe that Liberia is going to be a model for universal health care for West Africa.”
Last Mile Health is grateful to have Michael on the team as the organization continues to work towards its vision of a health worker for everyone, everywhere, every day.