Tamara Ruggiero, M.Ed., Vice President of Public Affairs

Tamara Ruggiero leads the American Kidney Fund's Public Affairs division. She is responsible for the organization's public relations, media relations, website, social media, government relations and grassroots advocacy strategies. A communications strategist with 20 years' progressive experience in the field, she is a leader who believes in developing the unique talents of each team member. Under her leadership, AKF has created a top-tier kidney website with more than 5 million annual page views; developed a nationwide Advocacy Network of more than 5,000 patients and loved ones; created an interactive, supportive social media platform that today engages more than 110,000 people; and instituted a media relations program generating more than 400 million media impressions annually.

Ms. Ruggiero held a diverse range of communications positions before joining AKF in 2005, working for a large DC-area hospital system, a national human resources association, major textbook publishers, and a daily newspaper in Maryland where she was a reporter and editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and master’s degree in education from Mount Saint Mary’s University.