JDRF Names New CEO

JDRF, the leading organization for funding Type 1 diabetes research, has named Aaron J. Kowalski, PhD, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently the JDRF’s Chief Mission Officer, Kowalski is a 15-year veteran of the organization and the first person with Type 1 diabetes to serve in its lead role, having been diagnosed at age 13.


“I know first-hand the impact of Type 1 diabetes on individuals and their families because my brother and I have lived with it for decades. I’m humbled to lead JDRF, the organization that has played such a key role in so many of the major T1D advances in recent history,” says Kowalski.

Holding a doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics from Rutgers, Kowalski is known globally for his leadership, working closely with decision-makers in industry, academia, clinical care and government. “There is no one more qualified than Aaron to lead JDRF’s fight to end this disease,” said outgoing CEO Derek Rapp. “He embraces the important role of volunteers and donors on the path toward a cure, living our cause every day and demonstrating there are no limits to what people with the disease can achieve.”

We congratulate Dr. Kowalski and the JDRF!

Learn more about the health and medical experts who who provide you with the cutting-edge resources, tools, news, and more on Diabetes Self-Management.
About Our Experts >>