The National Kidney Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Jaime Herrera Beutler, former U.S. congresswoman from Battle Ground and Washington state legislator, to its board of directors. Herrera Beutler was nominated and approved at National Kidney Foundation’s most recent board meeting held in March.
“We are very excited that Jaime has joined the National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors and brings over 15 years of knowledge and expertise in building and leading bipartisan coalitions that delivered key legislative victories for maternal healthcare, environmental protection, energy, timber, and medical care for children,” said Tracy McKibben, board chair. “Herrera Beutler brings experience in bridging the gaps between policies and laws around health care and the families they impact. She also has a very inspiring connection to kidney disease. We look forward to working with her as we build greater awareness of kidney disease and ways to achieve optimal kidney health.”
Herrera Beutler currently serves as a strategic advisor to the Children’s Hospital Association, providing insight on key issues such as Medicaid investments, youth behavioral health crisis, pediatric workforce and the care of children with rare medical conditions. Her daughter, Abigail, was born without kidneys, a condition known as Potter Syndrome.
Herrera Beutler recently completed a residency fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics where she provided mentorship to students across disciplines and led discussions on the importance of leadership and service during times of deep national division.
“As the mother of a child that received a kidney transplant before she was 3 years old, I feel blessed that my husband was able to provide our first-born daughter with the gift of life,” Herrera Beutler said. “I’m honored to join the National Kidney Foundation’s Board of Directors and share my story and expertise with the largest kidney organization in the country because far too many people knowingly and unknowingly struggle with kidney disease.”
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