This website uses cookies. By continuing you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

Harold Wimmer

National President and CEO

Harold Wimmer is the National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, carrying out the strategic framework and policies established by the National Volunteer Board of Directors. Fostering a culture of innovation and a distinct mission-first approach, Harold directs the executive operations of the Association to deliver high impact services and initiatives to improve the lung health of Americans and prevent lung disease.

Harold has dedicated his life to improving the lung health of all Americans. His work with the American Lung Association began in 1978, and he became National President and CEO in February 2013. The organization serves as the nation's premier resource for lung health, and under his leadership has evolved to meet emerging, urgent lung health issues facing Americans today:

  • Improving the lives of all those living with lung disease by accelerating groundbreaking research and doubling our research investment
  • Increasing awareness of lung cancer and the new availability of lifesaving screening to ensure more eligible Americans are screened
  • Addressing and reducing the youth e-cigarette epidemic
  • Advocating to reduce air pollution and address climate change in part by increasing the use of renewable energy sources and zero- and low-emission hybrid vehicles.

Prior to leading the nationwide organization, Harold served in key executive positions in the American Lung Association in Illinois and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Earning a B.S. in Community Health and an M.S. in Health Administration & Policy from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, he has been an active alumni member at U of I, serving on the Applied Health Sciences Alumni Board. Harold received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois, College of Applied Health Sciences.

Red button with telephone
Ask An Expert

Questions about your lung health? Need help finding healthcare? Call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

Get help
Red button of two hand prints
We need your generous support

Make a difference by delivering research, education and advocacy to those impacted by lung disease.

Button of turquoise LUNG FORCE swirl
What is LUNG FORCE?

LUNG FORCE unites women and their loved ones across the country to stand together in the fight against lung cancer.

Get involved
Join the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.
Donate Now.

 

Breathe Easy

Give today and your tax-deductible gift will go TWICE as far for everyone who struggles to breathe.