LaVarne A. Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer
LaVarne Burton has led the American Kidney Fund (AKF) since 2005. As the number of people living with kidney disease has grown, so has the need for AKF’s programs and services. In 2016, AKF provided treatment-related grant assistance to more than 98,000 dialysis patients nationwide—1 out of every 5 patients. Millions of people benefit annually from AKF’s efforts to fight kidney disease through health education and prevention efforts.
The American Kidney Fund has significantly enhanced its programs, services and outreach during Ms. Burton’s decade-long tenure. AKF has brought kidney disease screenings to communities nationwide and has developed the Kidney Action Day® outreach program. AKF has also developed a 50-state Advocacy Network of patients and caregivers. The organization has led annual public awareness campaigns to increase awareness of kidney disease. AKF’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, brings together the national renal community.
Before joining AKF, Ms. Burton was a senior partner at Martin & Associates, a consulting firm to the health care industry and to major health information management and technology companies. Previously, she served as President of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the national trade association representing pharmacy benefit managers and their partners.
From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Burton served as Executive Secretary to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where she managed policy development and regulations and was advisor to the Secretary of the largest domestic agency within the federal government. From 1994 to 1997, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services. From 1979 to 1994, she was a senior analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, advising the Committee on funding policy and legislative positions for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs.
Ms. Burton is a past Chair of the National Health Council Board of Directors. The National Health Council (NHC) is the only organization of its kind that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her master’s degree from George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C.