, who leads Azzur Washington, DC — one of the Group’s newest offices — has been elected President of the Capital Area Chapter of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA)
An active member of PDA since 2014, Tita Tavares began her term as President of the Washington, DC-based chapter on January 1, 2020.
“From the moment I entered the industry, I quickly discovered the breadth and wealth of expertly crafted technical reports available through PDA and utilized the organization’s resources frequently,” said Tita. “After realizing the value in the volunteer-based organization as a guiding body in the industry, I felt the need to become more and more involved. I’m incredibly grateful for the knowledge and relationships I’ve garnered through PDA, and I can’t wait for what the future holds.”
Tita’s relationship with PDA began with the Southern California Chapter
in 2006, and she consistently became more ingrained in the organization, eventually being sought out to lead the Chapter’s Outreach Committee.
Trevor Swan, Director of Membership and Chapters at PDA,
noted that Tita exemplifies the perfect proportions of enthusiasm, leadership, and willingness to learn that were necessary to lead and grow the California-based chapter. And, in 2018, Tita became Chapter Secretary.
Throughout her tenure with the Southern California Chapter, Tita and her colleagues in PDA headed up numerous projects, including the creation of project plan templates for efficacious and efficient chapter events. Additionally, the chapter began to work closely with local students, namely the PDA Southern California Student Chapter at Keck Graduate Institute. According to Tita, this collaboration gave students the opportunity to interact with industry leaders, as well as hone their skills in chapter processes such as registration, set-up, and authoring technical content summaries.
In 2018, Tita’s career brought her to the East Coast, and she settled in Washington, DC, eventually becoming the Director of Azzur Group’s new Washington, DC office
While building her office and local client base, PDA approached Tita about assuming a new leadership role in the Capital Area Chapter of the national organization.
“Tita’s track record within PDA and the industry as a whole precedes her, and we knew she would be a great fit to reignite enthusiasm on the local level,” said Trevor.
Located in the vicinity of the nation’s most important influencers in medicine and pharmaceuticals, the PDA Capital Area Chapter dates back to 1992, when the original members investigated multi-use facilities and regulation changes within U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today, under Tita’s guidance, the chapter is in a resurgence, with new board members including Steve Langille as Secretary, Steve Rochelle as Treasurer, and Aicha Gebloui as a Member-at-Large.
On the docket for 2020, according to Tita, is the creation of a program of events for the local region that will reignite interest and promote membership in Maryland; Washington, DC; and Virginia. To do so, the board is focusing on four main areas:
- Member appreciation
- Attracting new members
- Developing student chapters at local universities
- Investing in young pharmaceutical professionals
As Chapter President, Tita remains active at the national level and will participate in the upcoming PDA National Conference in Raleigh beginning on March 30, 2020