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Lorraine Stiehl
01 OCTOBER 2020

Lorraine Stiehl Named as new CEO of American Liver Foundation

(New York, NY, January 1, 2021) – The national board of directors of the American Liver Foundation, the oldest and largest patient advocacy organization for people with liver disease, announces the appointment of Lorraine Stiehl as Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021.

Over the past 18 months, Ms. Stiehl provided professional guidance to the American Liver Foundation – first as a national volunteer focused on strategy and organizational growth, and later as a consultant offering non-profit management and fundraising support.

National board chair Daniel Weil shared, “Our board appreciates Lorraine’s visionary leadership. With her exemplary background in non-profit management, fundraising, advocacy and health policy, medical research and patient support services, Lorraine is highly qualified to serve our community of nearly 100 million people who are living with or at risk of liver disease.”

A successful non-profit leader for over three decades, Ms. Stiehl serves on the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Advisory Board at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a public health leader at both the state and federal levels, Ms. Stiehl advocates for strengthening disease prevention efforts, and supporting patients battling chronic diseases and their healthcare providers. Ms. Stiehl worked both professionally and as a national volunteer leader for numerous non-profits, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) where she contributed to the organization’s growth from $6 million to over $200 million – earning top honors as “National Staff Member of the Year” (1992) and “National Volunteer of the Year” (2010). Ms. Stiehl also worked for nearly two decades at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), providing leadership in fundraising development, marketing and communications and clinical trial recruitment.

Thomas F. Nealon III, former national board chair and former CEO, adds “I am excited and extremely optimistic about the future of the American Liver Foundation with Lorraine leading our efforts. Lorraine is a tested and proven not-for-profit leader with unparalleled energy, enthusiasm and vision. She is a tireless advocate and cheerleader for patients and medical professionals. When I first recruited Lorraine to the American Liver Foundation, I knew her knowledge, her passion and her commitment would be inspirational and contagious.”

As a lifelong caregiver, Ms. Stiehl knows first-hand how chronic disease impacts families. Her husband Chris has been living with an autoimmune disease for more than 60 years and an organ transplant for 12 years. Highly motivated to support deserving non-profit organizations, Ms. Stiehl has raised millions of charitable dollars including funds she has generated through dozens of half-marathons and cycling events.

About the American Liver Foundation

Founded 45 years ago, the American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation’s largest patient advocacy organization for people with liver disease. ALF reaches over 3 million people each year with health information, education and support services via its local community programming and active online presence. ALF has a dedicated National Helpline. For more information:; 800-GO-LIVER (1-800-465-4837).

ALF Media Contact:
Akeia Blue 202-591-4010

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