Community Leaders

ASN Communities is by and for ASN members. That's why Community Leaders are essential. 

The Community Leader is a critical volunteer position for ASN Communities and the society. Advocating for interest areas in nephrology to ASN leadership and providing input on important issues enable Community Leaders to stand out and be a voice for in the kidney community. Leaders set the direction of specific communities and serve as subject matter experts on Open Forum discussion questions in their field. Providing expertise and leadership is only part of the job. Leaders also help to maintain the integrity of discussions by enforcing the Code of Conduct, and encouraging professional, broadly educational posts.  Serving as a Community Leader can boost your reputation in the field and provide an opportunity to champion important issues facing nephrology. 


To serve in this role an ASN member must meet only two requirements

  1. Be active in Communities by posting and having a complete profile
  2. Be well respected in the nephrology community 

How to Volunteer

There are multiple pathways to be become a Community Leader 

  1. Submission of a New Community Application identifying yourself as a Community Leader
  2. Recommendation by existing Community Leaders to join a Community Leadership Team
  3. Volunteer to become a Community Leader 

Determinations are made by ASN staff in consultation with ASN Media & Communications Committee Members. 


  • Two hours per week reading and respond to Communities content
  • Initiating at least two new threads each month
  • Welcoming new community members
  • Replying to unanswered posts and to threads you initiated
  • Support ASN “Community Minded”. This 100 word summary will be published once per week in ASN’s daily In The Loop email. To support this exciting new feature, you will need to write the summary twice per year.  
  • Participate in, and commit to an engagement strategy for the community


Initially, Community Leaders are are self-selected via submitting an idea for a new community and listing their names in the leadership section of the Community Application. Leaders serve renewable one year terms. When a Leader steps down, the community members or Community Leaders can nominate and vote on another community member to serve in the role.

If you have any questions please contact Susan Willner at ASN Communities, or 202-281-5228.