Dr. Aditi Bussells
Devoting her career to data-driven decision making, using sound science, and most importantly, identifying systemic solutions to complex public health and socio-economic issues, Dr. Aditi Bussells is a fierce advocate for economic growth, community investment, and equitable opportunities in Columbia. She is an ardent supporter of the notion that a healthy community goes hand-in-hand with a healthy economy.
Aditi is a first-generation immigrant who has personally experienced what a thriving community can provide for children and families to succeed. She believes that everyone, regardless of where they came from, deserves to live their best life. It is this belief that has kept Aditi passionate and engaged in public service. Professionally, Aditi is the Director of Research at a statewide non-profit, Children's Trust of South Carolina where she oversees several statewide initiatives to support family and child well-being. She received her PhD in public health at the University of South Carolina.
Aditi is deeply involved in various Columbia causes. In 2018, she was a key partner in launching ‘Resilient Richland,’ now a county- and city-wide initiative. This past year, you may have seen Aditi knocking doors as a mayor-appointed member of the Complete Count Committee of the City of Columbia for the 2020 Census. She also works with several local community groups, to advocate for civic engagement, tackle food insecurity, and address affordable housing.
Aditi is running to represent the city as At-Large member on Columbia City Council. If elected, she will be the first Indian American woman to be elected to local office in the history of South Carolina. As a public health expert, Aditi is committed to ensuring that Columbia comes out of the pandemic more prosperous, equitable, and vibrant than ever.