Co-Founder & Executive Director
Josh was a corporate lawyer working in Boston (Columbia B.A. 2007, Harvard J.D. 2010) when he donated his kidney to a stranger in 2011. Deeply moved by the experience, he decided to join the transplant field and became General Counsel and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Alliance for Paired Donation, a leading innovator in living donor transplantation. There, he led government communications efforts that successfully reversed a Medicare decision concerning financing of living donor transplantation. He came to WaitList Zero after he and Thomas received a grant to found the organization. Josh is also on the Board of Directors of Transplant Recipients International Organization.
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Thomas is a PhD candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley studying lobbying in the American political system. In graduate school, after learning about kidney paired exchange he decided to donate his kidney to start a donation chain. He also became interested in transplant policy and met Josh at a conference. The story of Thomas’s donation was published in the Washington Post online, here.
Steve Rice has over 20 years of experience in education and strategic communications, including 7 years in management and organizational development roles in non-profits dedicated to social change. Formerly, he played a key role in the development of a national education reform organization where he oversaw the design, implementation, national scale-up, and evaluation of educational initiatives funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining WaitList Zero, he served as Program Director for Donate Life Northwest in Oregon and oversaw state-wide public education and awareness efforts to increase anatomical donation. He led the development of a state-wide initiative to increase living donor kidney transplants in partnership with Oregon’s three transplant centers. He holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communications from Antioch University.