Swami Swaminathan Named NKFMDDE Board Chair– CIO brings 30+ years of healthcare and tech operations expertise to the nonprofit
The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware (NKFMDDE) has elected Swami Swaminathan to a two-year term as chair of its board of directors.
“Swami has been an asset to our Foundation since joining the board in 2020,” said Pattie Dash, executive director. “With his extensive healthcare industry experience, we look forward to his building partnerships with government and commercial healthcare organizations to increase awareness of kidney disease.”
A federal government contracting executive, Swaminathan brings more than 30 years of experience, including 17 years in the healthcare industry. As the Chief Information Officer of RELI Group Inc. in Catonsville, he leads healthcare projects on management consulting, program management, quality improvement, and program integrity for federal programs with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Swaminathan earned a master’s degree in math and operational research, an MBA, and various certifications. Through the years, he has lent his time and talent to support various nonprofit causes and organizations. Overall, he believes in a “boots on the ground approach to volunteering as a great way to give back to society.”
He joined the NKFMDDE board two years ago and says his focus as its new chair is “advancing priorities in the areas of health equity, education about chronic kidney disease, and building partnerships within the community to move the needle to improve kidney health and education throughout Maryland and Delaware.”
Swaminathan resides in Ellicott City with his wife, Aarti, and their daughters, Pooja and Archana.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.