About AOPO

Who We Are

The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations is the non-profit organization recognized as the national representative of the fifty-eight federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), serving more than 300 million Americans.

As a professional organization AOPO is dedicated to the special concerns of OPOs, providing education, information sharing, research and technical assistance and collaboration with other healthcare organizations and federal agencies. Member organizations bring their collective voices to the national conversation about organ and tissue donation to provide hope within reach to the men, women, and children across the country waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

Within AOPO


Council representation is open to the staff of member organ procurement organizations who specialize within the field of donation.

Councils include: Donor Family Services, Finance, Hospital Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Medical Directors, Procurement Directors, Public Education/Relations, Chief Operating Officers, Quality Improvement and Tissue.

Affiliate members, international members, and AOPO Association Partner Sponsors may participate on the councils.


Committee members carry out the objectives of the organization and participation is open to select members.

Committees include: Bylaws and Membership, Data and Information Management, Ethics, Finance and Budget, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Nominating, Annual Program, Standards and Accreditation and the Executive Committee , members of which are selected through election.

Affiliate members and international members may also participate on AOPO Committees.

Task Forces & Work Groups

Task Forces and Work Groups are formed to work on specific projects or activities.

Individuals from Full and Affiliate members may participate. Examples include the Accreditation Work Group and the Technical Assistance Program.

Board of Directors

Participation as a member of the Board of Directors is limited to Full Members.

Each member OPO assigns a designated representative, usually the Executive Director or the equivalent, from its OPO to sit on the Board of Directors and have a voice in the decision-making process.