St. Baldrick's Foundation Adds Distinguished Executives from American Express and J.P. Morgan to its Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research grants, is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its board of directors: Jyoti Rai, Sr. Vice President of Global Talent, Leadership and Learning at American Express and Thomas Selquist, Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. (PRNewsFoto/St. Baldrick's Foundation) (PRNewsfoto/St. Baldrick's Foundation)

Rai brings more than two decades of expertise in human capital strategy and management to the Foundation. Currently, she manages a team of 135 HR professionals around the world and is an integral member of the Global Human Resources leadership team.

In her previous role as VP and Chief of Staff for Human Resources, Rai partnered with the Chief Human Resources Officer on a variety of strategic initiatives, including CEO succession, C-suite performance alignment and talent management, and managed global HR talent strategy, employee development and communications for the department's more than 900 employees globally. Prior to this, Rai was the Head of HR for American Express India where she led the India business organization transformation and built a pipeline of women leaders for the market.

"I deeply respect and admire St. Baldrick's mission," said Jyoti Rai. "Having the opportunity to join the Board of Directors is a great honor and I look forward to contributing to the amazing work already being done."

Thomas Selquist brings more than 20 years of experience working in capital markets and investments, advising families on financial planning and wealth management solutions. He started his career in finance at Goldman Sachs as an Institutional Sales Trader in 1996. While there, he also served in the Markets Coverage Group helping UHNW private clients and family offices implement their investment strategies.

"It's difficult not to be inspired by the impact St. Baldrick's funded research is making on kids with cancer. In fact, my family and I have been so inspired that we've not only attended other St. Baldrick's head-shaving events but have started our own event to show our support," said Thomas Selquist. "It's a privilege to join the Board of Directors and I can't wait to be even more engaged with such a tremendous cause and organization."

"As an advocate for people first, Jyoti Rai is committed to making an impact in the advancement of childhood cancer research and affecting true change in as many lives as possible. Thomas Selquist and his family have loyally supported St. Baldrick's for many years and have a long-standing commitment to our cause," said Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "Both Jyoti and Thomas are excellent additions to our expanding Board and bring the level of expertise to further our mission."

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About St. Baldrick's Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick's Foundation is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer. St. Baldrick's funds some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at to help support the best childhood cancer research, no matter where it takes place.

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