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Stephen Harms named UNOS Chief Operating Officer

Richmond, Va. – Stephen Harms has been selected as Chief Operating Officer of UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). UNOS matches donated organs with transplant candidates nationwide and manages the national transplant database through contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Steve combines a huge depth of experience managing public initiatives with an abiding personal commitment to helping people in need,” said Brian Shepard, UNOS’ Chief Executive Officer. “These are the qualities we need to help us continue to provide vital transplant services for the men, women and children who depend on our national system.”

As Chief Operating Officer, Harms will oversee key projects that promote UNOS’ strategic plan. He will report to the Chief Executive Officer and assist him in developing, planning and implementing strategic objectives to drive successful growth.

Harms served nearly 30 years in legislative and executive capacities for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He served in cabinet-level positions for Virginia Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, in roles including Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Secretary of Finance and Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources. He was also a legislative fiscal analyst for the Senate Finance Committee of the Virginia General Assembly. Most recently he was Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services with the City of Richmond, Va. He holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Valparaiso University and a master of social work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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