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Kelly O’Brien

Executive Director, Brain Health Partnerships, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Kelly O’Brien is the Executive Director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Brain Health Partnership, a comprehensive initiative to promote brain health and improve early intervention. In this role, she is the strategic lead and director of the team implementing the early intervention and brain health program.

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.

Before joining UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Kelly was a founding Executive Director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, a 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.

Kelly holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Washington School of Business. She is an NASM certified personal trainer and a CHILL certified meditation instructor, and an avid runner, cyclist and triathlete.