As Chief Executive Officer, Shepard directs the efforts of 450 UNOS staff to ensure that the nation’s donation and transplant network efficiently and fairly serves the needs of transplant candidates and recipients, living donors and donor family members, and professionals in the field. He reports to the UNOS Board of Directors.
Shepard has been with UNOS since 2010, and has been CEO since 2012. Prior to joining UNOS, Shepard served 15 years in various high-level positions in Virginia state government, capped by a term as Director of Policy in Governor Timothy M. Kaine’s administration.
Shepard is a Virginia native, with a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia.