The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has hired Alicia Hennie as its new vice president for external affairs.
As the leader of the external affairs team, Hennie advocates for impactful policies and legislation on behalf of transplant patients with the mission of saving as many lives as possible. She’s responsible for strengthening and growing relationships with federal and state government and regulatory officials, as well as patient groups and industry groups.
Hennie joins UNOS with more than two decades of public policy and advocacy experience. She previously served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has worked for the Senate Aging Committee and the Senate HELP Committee. More recently, she held senior government affairs roles at PhRMA and Varian, a Siemens Healthineers Company.
“Alicia has been advocating for patients for nearly 20 years and will be a great champion for our nation’s transplant patients and organ donors,” said UNOS Chief of Staff Julie Nolan, who previously held the vice president of external affairs role. “I’m confident her experience and relationships will drive meaningful changes that will strengthen the organ donation and transplant system, helping more patients get the lifesaving transplants they need.”
Hennie is based in Washington, D.C. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College.
About United Network for Organ Sharing
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. Working together, we leverage data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplants performed, and ensure patients across the nation have equitable access to transplant.