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2024-2025 Call for Nominations for OPTN Board of Directors and Committees

Published on: Thursday, June 1, 2023

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 OPTN is now seeking nominations for terms beginning July 1, 2024 on the Board of Directors and Committees.

Board and Committee members are volunteers, representing a variety of professional disciplines, personal experience and expertise in organ transplantation. The OPTN values diversity and strives for a Board and Committee system that includes a variety of perspectives in service of the donation and transplantation community.

The OPTN Final Rule regulates the operation of the OPTN. FR §121.3 has explicit requirements for the composition of the Board of Directors and its Committees. The OPTN Bylaws also contain composition requirements.

Who can apply?

  • Donation and transplantation professionals
  • Transplant candidates, recipients, or their caregivers
  • 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.

The OPTN welcomes volunteers with a wide variety of background, experiences, and knowledge, it seeks certain volunteers with specific skills or expertise.  The Nominating Committee is seeking:

  • Increased racial and ethnic diversity as well as a gender balance to the Board of Directors.
  • Respect for others and a history of collaboration with colleagues and community members.
  • Passion for the cause of organ donation and transplantation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the OPTN and/or the donation and transplantation community. 
  • Strong governance mindset and understanding of fiduciary responsibilities.


View the 2024-2025 Needs Assessment for an in depth look at the vacancies and stated needs of the Board and committees. The Needs Assessment also provides more information on the applicant review and appointment process as well as term expectations.

Board of Directors

Position Number of open seats Appointment type
President 1 Non contested Ballot
Immediate Past President 1 Non contested Ballot
Vice President 1 Contested Ballot
Secretary 1 Contested Ballot
Vice President of Patient & Donor Affairs 1 Contested Ballot
Regional Councillors 4 Non contested Ballot
At Large Patient, Donor, or Family Representatives 4 Contested Ballot
At-Large Representatives 6 Contested Ballot
At-Large Medical/Scientific Organization Representatives 5 Non contested Ballot

Applicants for the Board of Directors will be notified by December 1, 2023, whether they are to be included in the election for available Board positions.

Policy Making Committees

Position Number of Vacancies across policy making committees
Vice Chair 11
Regional Representatives 42
At Large 58
Total committee vacancies 111

Applicants for committees will be notified throughout the review cycle as well as receive a formal communication by April 15, 2024, whether they have been appointed to an open position.

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


To apply for a Board or Committee volunteer position beginning July 1, 2024, complete and submit the online Volunteer Interest Form no later than September 15, 2023.

  • All Volunteer Interest forms submitted after October 1, 2023 will be considered for the 2024-2025 cycle.
  • You must complete or update your Volunteer Interest Form annually to be considered for open positions in the following year.