Kathleen Kelly Bio

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Kathleen Kelly, MPA, is Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that provides direct caregiver support services, public policy development, research, and public awareness regarding family caregivers. As director, she oversees programs of the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center (providing direct services to families in the San Francisco Bay Area), California policy collaborations, and the National Center on Caregiving. During her tenure, the organization has grown from a grassroots program to a national organization that provides leadership on supporting family caregivers with best practice interventions, public policy, state system development, and leading edge research.

Ms. Kelly represents the agency on a variety of national coalitions and partnerships that are working towards coordinated care with the inclusion of family caregivers as part of the care team, better training for health and social service professionals, and increasing training and support for family caregivers. Recently she was named a 2016 Influencer in Aging by the PBS-affiliated media service Next Avenue, and last winter she co-edited with Jennifer Wolff, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the American Society on Aging’s issue of Generations on Family Caregiving.

In her current project portfolio, Ms. Kelly heads a team to develop projects under the Caregiving 2.0: Next Generation Service Delivery initiative that includes: the online caregiver portal CareNav containing caregiver assessments for low and high intensity interventions; a record system for tracking service use; and an online learning community for scaling training and direct interventions for caregivers. CareNav is intended for use within healthcare and social service systems. In addition, she recently oversaw a pilot project of the Atlas of Caregiving, that uses ethnographic research and wearable technologies to better understand the lived experience of daily caregiving.

She has written and lectured about caregiving, public policy, program and system development, and use of consumer technology. Ms. Kelly lives with her family in San Francisco, CA.


updated: 10/31/16