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Kathy Greenlee

Senior Fellow, Aging Policy

Kathy Greenlee, J.D. is President & CEO, Greenlee Global LLC. She currently works with the State of Kansas as the Kansas COVID-19 LTSS Liaison. In that role she interacts with state and local agencies responding to the pandemic. Kathy speaks and writes frequently on topics related to aging and health. She also works with states on improving government programs that address aging, disability, and abuse.

Kathy Greenlee served from 2009 to 2016 as Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She was appointed to the position by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 2012, Kathy became Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, an agency she created by combining the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration for Developmental Disabilities. When the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act was signed into law, the National Institute for Disabilities, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research was moved to ACL, as were the programs that support Centers for Independent Living.

During her tenure as Assistant Secretary, she provided national leadership on the realities and prevalence of elder abuse. Her work included the development of a programmatic home for Adult Protective Service (APS) programs, establishment of the first national data collection system for state APS programs, and voluntary national APS guidelines. Kathy also chaired the federal Elder Justice Coordinating Council.

Prior to leaving for D.C., Kathy served 18 years in Kansas state government. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel for the Kansas Insurance Department, Chief of Staff for the Governor, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and Kansas Secretary of Aging. During her 25 years of public service, Kathy developed expertise in the areas of aging, long-term care, disability, elder abuse, Medicaid long-term care, health care and community services innovation, and LGBT health.

Kathy is a University of Kansas graduate, having received a B.S. in Business Administration and a J.D. from the School of Law.

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