Council Advisory Group


The Council Advisory Group (CAG) is National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® advisory group. The CAG is your direct line of communication to our NMDP/Be The Match leadership. Members of this board-level advisory group come from within our Network of partners facilitating unrelated transplants. They’re passionate about working with you to answer questions, facilitate improvements and always put the needs of patients and donors first. 

Watch this short video to learn how the Council Advisory Group can help you.

The CAG members serve as your liaison between NMDP/Be The Match and the Network. The members meet regularly with NMDP/Be The Match leadership to review questions, issues and recommendations from Network members.

For more information on the Council Advisory Group, see the Council Advisory Group Charter (PDF) and the Council Advisory Group FY2021 Goals (PDF).

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Meet the Council Advisory Group

Each member of the Council of Advisory Group represents a part of the Network – transplant centers, contracted donor centers, operated donor centers, recruitment groups, cord blood banks, apheresis centers and collection centers. They are nominated for two-year terms and can serve up to two consecutive terms.

Watch interviews with each Council Advisory Group member below.

Council Advisory Group Newsletter

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter, the CAG Corner. The CAG Corner highlights accomplishments we’ve achieved, provides progress updates on our yearly goals, and includes other important information regarding our commitment to supporting our valuable Network partners.

Council Advisory Group Webinars

As the Network constantly evolves, the Council Advisory Group is dedicated to identifying best practices with the patient and donor in mind.

  • Confidentiality: Learn about  changes to the NMDP/Be The Match Confidentiality Policy, along with how it affects communication between the NDMP/Be The Match and Network partners.
  • Time Matters: Learn about the importance of a patient’s timeline to transplant, cancellations and postponements, how these delays impact the donor and what your center can do to influence change. Your peers will also share efforts you, as Network members, are making today and the impact we are seeing as a result of those efforts.

Submit a Question, Suggestion or Comment to the Council Advisory Group 

If you have questions, suggestions or comments for the CAG, please email The Council Advisory Group and NMDP/Be The Match meet monthly and will review the latest questions and comments at the next scheduled meeting. If you would like to submit a question anonymously, please email the CAG Chair at or the CAG Vice-Chair at

Below, you will find topics, questions and comments that have been previously submitted by Network members.