#116: Sean Kramer | That’s the Million Dollar Question

People living with diabetes are tired of waiting for a cure, but it’s not time to throw in the towel. Sean Kramer knows about this all too well. Sean is the fourth generation in his family to be living with diabetes. Today, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in Florida, the only national organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes with expert sources and human interest stories. In this episode, we learn more about Sean and confront the notion of hope-fatigue; it’s not time to give up!


Sean Kramer, CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, has been a prominent fundraising leader for some of the most respected and highly recognized nonprofit organizations, particularly in the health area. Before his current role with the DRIF, he was senior vice president and chief development officer for Parkinson’s Foundation’s Miami and New York offices. 

With deep roots in South Florida, Kramer has also held executive management and fundraising roles at the American Cancer Society, Barry University, Florida International University, and American Red Cross. While he has focused his career in the nonprofit sector, he spent time in the for-profit sector at Palm Beach life insurance firm Jones Lowry.

Sean received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida International University and a master’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Miami. He has three daughters, ages 15, 14, and 12, and resides in the Miami area.

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