Financial Executive Joy Yi Boatwright Joins Board of Trustees of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Boatwright shares her cancer journey in effort to further prevention research

FREMONT, CA (July 22, 2014) — Joy Yi Boatwright, vice president and senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, has joined the board of trustees of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Boatwright is a partner in the wealth management team, The JG / JB Group, at Merrill Lynch. 

A cancer survivor who is tenacious about cancer prevention, Boatwright became familiar with CPIC through a friend and organized a spinning event to benefit the organization. She later joined the planning committee for CPIC’s 40th anniversary celebration, held June 26th in San Francisco.

“I knew I wanted to be part of this organization, so when the opportunity came up to join the board, I gladly accepted,” says Boatwright. “I have gone through treatment and I know how devastating a cancer diagnosis is for the patient, loved ones and friends.”

“I’m a fighter,” says Boatwright. “We need to stop this disease before it starts by finding out what causes it and directing resources toward prevention. Prevention is where our energy must go.” 

Boatwright is a highly regarded investment professional and a sought-after speaker. She conducts a seminar series designed to educate women on financial and life issues, and speaks frequently on women’s issues and work/life balance.

“We are fortunate to have Joy joining our board of trustees,” said Samuel Bronfman II, CPIC board chair. “Her energy, dedication and experience contributed immensely to the success of our recent 40th anniversary celebration. She was instrumental in launching CPIC’s Pioneering Prevention campaign at the event, as well. Her enthusiasm and deep commitment to community, in addition to her financial expertise, will be tremendous assets to the CPIC board.”

Boatwright joins 16 other trustees whose leadership supports CPIC’s population-based cancer prevention research and community education programs. She will have an opportunity to share her skills by choosing to serve on various board committees for the organization.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2002, Boatwright was vice president of business development for a consulting firm where she worked with CEOs and executives in over 150 Bay Area companies. Before that, she served as head of the global investment practice for the leading venture capital firm in Korea. 

An active volunteer, Boatwright is passionate about education, the arts, exercise, healthy eating and Korea. She has served in a variety of leadership roles for such organizations as the Asian Art Museum, Junior Achievement of the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Symphony; and is a co-founder of the San Francisco Korean Immersion Education Alliance.

Boatwright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human development from Cornell University and currently serves on the Cornell University Council. She resides in San Francisco. 

The Cancer Prevention Institute of California
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the work of the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at


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