Dr. Bobby Mukkamala elected to Mott Foundation board

Dr. Bobby Mukkamala working to clean up garbage in a Flint neighborhood alongside other Flint residents.
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala (left) participated in a May 15 citywide cleanup that was supported by a Mott Foundation grant as a part of our Focus on Flint initiative. Mukkamala has just been elected as the Foundation’s newest trustee. Photo: Jen Veloso

FLINT, Michigan — Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, a nationally renowned otolaryngologist in private practice in Flint, Michigan, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which is headquartered in the city. Mukkamala will begin serving on the board on Jan. 1, 2022.

Dr. Bobby Mukkamala headshot.
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala.

“My parents moved to Flint in 1972 as immigrants from India,” Mukkamala said. “Flint is where I grew up and where I returned after I finished my medical training. I left here as an individual and came back as a family with my wife, Nita, and our newborn twin sons, Nikhil and Deven.

“I have watched our city’s struggles and our successes, and I have always been thankful for the legacy and vision of Charles Stewart Mott and the Mott Foundation,” Mukkamala continued. “Our trajectory as a community would be much different without Mott support. I am humbled and honored to be in discussions about the future of our city, our country and our world with my fellow trustees and Mott staff. I look forward to learning more about and contributing to our capacity to make our world more just, equitable and sustainable.”

Mukkamala is a board-certified otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon who earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He is chair of the board of trustees of the American Medical Association and a past recipient of the organization’s “Excellence in Medicine” Leadership Award. He is past president of both the Michigan State Medical Society and the Genesee County Medical Society. He also is a past chair of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and chair emeritus of the Crim Fitness Foundation.

“The Mott Foundation is grateful that Dr. Mukkamala has agreed to bring not only the breadth of his knowledge and experience to the board, but also his passion for helping residents of Flint and the state of Michigan to be able to live their best and fullest lives,” said Ridgway White, who chairs Mott’s board of trustees and serves as the Foundation’s president and CEO. “As a tireless advocate who works to ensure all people have equitable opportunities to succeed and thrive, he’s a leader in the Flint community.  We know his guidance will be invaluable.”

With his election, Mukkamala will become the 15th active member of the Mott Foundation’s board of trustees, which includes four family members who are descendants of Charles Stewart Mott. There are also two trustees emeriti.