New York, New York – November 18, 2019 – The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has named Sharon Scribner Pearce to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. This is a senior management position and she will report to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Longino.
Pearce will oversee all aspects of NKF’s advocacy program, including its work with Congress, the Administration, regulatory agencies, state and local advocacy, and grass tops and grassroots programs. She is charged with developing and attaining NKF’s annual and long-term government relations and policy goals.
“With 1 in 3 Americans at risk for kidney disease, advancing kidney health is a public policy imperative,” stated Longino. “NKF has made an organizational commitment to advancing policy that prevents kidney disease, improves the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease, and increases the availability of all organs for transplantation.”
“With kidney disease, we have the rare opportunity to achieve the health care triple-aim of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing the overall cost of care,” shared Pearce. “I am honored and excited to be a part of the NKF team and working to achieve their important mission.”
Sharon comes to NKF with more than two decades of health policy experience. Following six years on Capitol Hill where she advised Members of Congress on health policy and other issues, Sharon joined a prominent K Street law firm where she represented Fortune 500 companies, voluntary health associations, hospitals and health systems, and trade associations. More recently, Sharon has led the government relations activities of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the National PACE Association, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Home Infusion Association.
Kidney Disease Facts
In the United States, 37 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.