Phyllis Sims has over twenty-five years of experience in health research, policy and management. She is currently a Senior Epidemiologist in the Research and Evaluation Office of the Boston Public Health Commission with a major role in identifying and analyzing sociodemographic and health data related to the Boston population in Massachusetts. Her specialized expertise in health disparities and health inequities has led to presentations at local meetings and national conference, such as the American Public Health Association. Phyllis is a partner in AJS Consulting, a past managing partner and investor in a real estate limited partnership and current investor in a high-tech startup founded by a woman entrepreneur. Phyllis is an avid reader and one of the founders of a female book club, Literary Sisters, which has existed for more than 25 years. She has a BSc degree in English Education from Miami University (Ohio) and a MS degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She and her husband have a daughter and granddaughter and live in Newton, Massachusetts.