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2021-2022 Call for Nominations for OPTN Board of Directors and Committees

Published on: Monday, September 14, 2020

To be considered for 2021 openings, please apply by Sept. 30

Are you passionate about organ donation and transplantation? Are you looking for an opportunity to make a greater impact on the transplant community? We invite you to apply to serve as a volunteer for the OPTN, the national organ procurement and transplantation system. The OPTN is now seeking nominations for terms beginning July 1, 2021 on the Board of Directors and Committees.  

Board and Committee members are volunteers, representing a variety of professional disciplines and expertise, in addition to individuals with personal experience in organ donation and transplantation. The OPTN values diversity and strives for Board and Committee membership that reflects the professionals, patients, donors, and families that make up the donation and transplantation community.

The OPTN is required by Federal regulation to meet certain composition requirements for the Board.  The OPTN Bylaws also contain composition requirements. Following these requirements, the OPTN Nominating Committee has developed a 2021-2022 Needs Assessment and List of Board and Committee Open Vacancies.  The Needs Assessment is conducted annually by the Board of Directors’ Nominating committee for the following year’s elections and appointments cycle. It includes the types of professional and personal expertise and experiences sought for the OPTN Board and Committees.

Who can apply?

  • Donation and transplantation professionals
  • Transplant candidates and recipients
  • Living donors
  • Donor families
  • Members of the general public

Visit the Get Involved page to learn more about service on the Board and committees and to begin your application.


To apply for a Board or Committee volunteer position beginning July 1, 2021, complete the online Volunteer Interest Form (formerly known as the biography form) no later than September 30, 2020.

  • All Volunteer Interest Forms submitted after October 1, 2019 will be considered for the 2021-2022 cycle.
  • To update a previously submitted form, follow these instructions.
  • You must complete or update your Volunteer Interest Form annually to be considered for open positions in the following year.

The Volunteer Interest Form has been updated for people interested in serving on the Board of Directors or a Committee. The new form is dynamic and will automatically generate pertinent questions based on the user’s background or professional discipline.

View instructions for creating login credentials to fill out a Volunteer Interest Form.

New for 2021 Board Applicants

The Nominating Committee has added five new questions to the Volunteer Interest Form for all applicants interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Given the large number of applications received for the Board each year, these questions were developed to provide the Nominating Committee additional information about each applicant and their interest in serving on the Board. Those applying for Committee positions alone will not be required to answer these supplemental questions.

If you have additional questions about volunteering on the Board or Committees or about your application, please email