Kelly O’Brien

Executive Director, Brain Health Partnership

Kelly O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Brain Health Ecosystem project at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a comprehensive initiative to advance brain health and increase early detection and diagnosis. In this role, she is the strategic lead and manager of the team implementing the Ecosystem work.

A change catalyst, Kelly’s unique combination of leadership, strategy, community engagement, partnership development, project management, sales/fundraising, and communications skills have resulted in an impressive record of raising the profile and impact for many organizations and initiatives. Previously, Kelly was a founding Executive Director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, a powerful mental health initiative led nationally by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Her service history includes leadership positions in the public, nonprofit and private sector, including CEO of the social impact consultancy Ideaction Corps, public health advisor to Senator Richard Durbin, Senior Legislative Aide to Congressman Jerry Kleczka, Director of Government Affairs for Partnership for Prevention, Associate Executive Director for the American Public Health Association, Congressional Liaison for the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vice President at Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Chicago, VP of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing at United Way of Metro Chicago.

Bucket list item: Swim at Bondi Icebergs

Favorite book: Love in the Time of Cholera

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