Richard Knight, MBA, is President of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Board of Directors. He is a former hemodialysis patient who received a kidney transplant approximately eleven years ago. He is former vice president of the AAKP and former chair of the Public Policy Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid Atlantic Renal Coalition. He was recently appointed to the Steering Committee of the Kidney Precision Medicine Project housed at the National Institutes of Health National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Knight has a background in public policy and Congressional operations based on his professional experience on Capitol Hill, where he served in communications, policy, and Legislative Director roles, as well his advocacy work as a kidney transplant patient. While working in the US House of Representatives, Knight served as a liaison to the Congressional Black Caucus and was involved in substantial work with the House Energy and Commerce and Small Business Committees. Knight’s knowledge of Executive Branch agency budget and procurement policies is based on direct experience as a federal government contractor and as a ten-year co-chair of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce annual regional government procurement fair.
Knight received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and his BA from Hampton University.