FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seattle, WA | Oct. 19, 2017: Cindy Runger, a senior finance and legal executive who most recently served in a leadership role with U.S. Trust, has joined the Board of Directors of IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute).

“Over the past year, we have strategically expanded our board to broaden expertise in key areas that will support the continued growth of our organization,” said Steven G. Reed, Ph.D., IDRI President, CEO and Founder. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Cindy, who brings a wealth of knowledge in finance, legal and policy work, to our board.”

Cindy RungerWith more than 20 years of experience, Runger most recently worked as Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor for U.S. Trust where she led a cross-functional team of advisors that provided wealth management to high net worth clients and large nonprofit organizations. She has also held leadership roles at JP Morgan, RBC Wealth Management and Piper Jaffray, successfully increasing sales growth for those companies.

Prior to moving into the field of finance, Runger served in a variety of roles in the legal and policy fields, including serving as a staff attorney for the Washington State Senate, working as a Legislative Liaison for the Department of General Administration and serving as a Communications Consultant for CRB Strategies. She has extensive experience working with elected officials, constituents and stakeholders, as well as researching, drafting and presenting various policy issues.

“Infectious disease is an issue that we all should care about. Modern global transportation puts every human more at risk,” said Runger. “I’m incredibly proud to support IDRI’s passionate and mission-driven team as they work to develop solutions to prevent diseases and save lives.”

Runger has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga University and also holds a JD from the Gonzaga University School of Law. She serves on Gonzaga’s Board of Regents, which she is Vice-Chair of the Advancement Committee. A member of the Rotary Club of Seattle since 2005, Runger will serve as President-Elect of the club in 2018-19. She has also volunteered as a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

About IDRI: As a nonprofit global health organization, IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) takes a comprehensive approach to combat infectious diseases, combining the high-quality science of a research organization with the product development capabilities of a biotech company to create new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines. Founded in 1993, IDRI has 125 employees headquartered in Seattle with nearly 100 partners/collaborators around the world. For more information, visit


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