Sharon Terry is developing ways for ordinary people to transform biomedical research and healthcare.
Why you should listen
Former college chaplain and Ashoka Fellow Sharon Terry is President and CEO of Genetic Alliance, a network of more than 10,000 organizations. She's the founding CEO of PXE International, a research advocacy organization for the genetic condition pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), which affects Terry's two adult children. She has taken citizen science (discovering the gene for PXE, developing a diagnostic test, conducting clinical trials) to a national and international arena and is developing participant-centric pathways for ordinary people to transform biomedical research and healthcare. She serves in leadership roles for many collaborations focused on productively disrupting research and policy. Terry led the coalition that fought for the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and paragliding with her husband.