Carol A. Kelly​

Ms. Kelly is the founder and CEO of Kelly Advocacy Outcomes, organized in the District of Columbia. The LLC was formed in the fall of 2016 to assist clients in Washington and across the country with their legislative and regulatory needs for healthcare matters. With almost forty years of successful advocacy work, Ms. Kelly is well positioned to help clients with their strategies, tactics, knowledge base, points of view, and contacts.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Women's Health Research and as adjunct faculty to George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Ms. Kelly was named by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) to a newly created position of Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy in January of 2008, a position she held until September of 2016.  In that role, Ms. Kelly was responsible for all the government advocacy efforts of the association, including Federal, State, and policy/regulatory work.  She created a successful department which led the way for a series of positive policy outcomes in the areas of Medicaid, Medicare, drug supply chain reform, biosimilars, and drug abuse reforms for NACDS members, to mention several areas of interest. Ms. Kelly also served as a spokesperson for NACDS and worked regularly with the association's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

In 2007, Ms. Kelly served as the Senior Executive Advisor for External Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Her responsibilities were to assure design and maintenance of a new strategic outreach program for the Secretary’s key priorities through a Department-wide planning process.  She advised the Secretary and other senior officials at HHS on policies related to ongoing outreach activities and served as the Departmental liaison to the Office of Public Liaison at the White House.  In 2005 to 2007, Ms. Kelly served as the Director of the Office of Policy and the Executive Director of the Policy Council for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she headed an office which functioned as the agency’s crosscutting policy and strategic planning staff within the Office of the Administrator and served as the Executive Director of the Policy Council, the entity charged with examining a number of key strategic planning matters for the agency. 

Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Kelly served as the Executive Vice President for Federal Legislative Policy and Healthcare System Reform for the Advanced Medical Technology Association, the primary national trade association of the medical technology industry. Ms. Kelly has worked twice for the public sector and has represented companies and trade associations, giving her a wide-ranging view of the advocacy and policy environments of Washington.  She joined the Board and Executive Committee of the American Benefits Council serving as its first Chairwoman from 2002-2003.

Ms. Kelly has an M.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Delaware.