Glenda V. Roberts
Prior to joining the UW Center for Dialysis Innovation and Kidney Research Institute as the Director of External Relations & Patient Engagement, Glenda V. Roberts was an Information Technology executive with over 35 years of experience. Before going on dialysis, Glenda managed the progression of her disease throughout her career via diet and exercise for over 40 years. Refusing to accept limitations, she enjoyed a fulfilling career, evolving from a software developer to a senior business executive for top-caliber corporations, including General Electric, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson, and several non-profit organizations. Since her transplant in 2010, she's completed nine half marathons. Glenda is a passionate activist for kidney research and patients living with kidney disease. She's involved in myriad patient-centered, national and international health care transformative initiatives. All are focused on addressing patient preferences and improving patient reported outcomes. In 2020, she joined the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council. Glenda is only the second patient to serve on the Canadian Can-SOLVE CKD International Research Advisory Committee. In addition serving on myriad other patient/community advisory committees, Glenda brings the patient voice to a number of NIH/NIDDK government and industry-led research efforts. In 2020 Glenda received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her COVID-19 work. In 2021, she was one of two patients who were part of the NKF-ASN Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Disease and the Kidney Week Celeste Castillo Lee Memorial Lecturer.