Kathy Greenlee is a visionary thought leader, policy expert, and advocate with 20+ years of executive experience in health and human services at the international, national, and state level.  Kathy has a deep passion for upholding the dignity and independence of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities.


  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Health, Aging and Disability Policy
  • Public Policy Strategy
  • Congressional/Legislative/Regulatory Relations
  • Advocacy and Coalition Development
  • Program Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Budget Development and Finance
  • Communication and Media Relations
  • Public Speaking
Greenlee Global LLC

Kathy Greenlee, President and CEO

Independent consulting services.  After a 25 year career in public service, Kathy has developed a deep expertise in the areas of aging, long-term care, disability, elder abuse, health care and community service innovation, and LGBTQ health.  Her goal is to engage with local, state, national, and international partners to advance programs, policies and system reforms aimed at improving people’s lives.  She is particularly attuned to the relationships between health, independence, and security.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration on Aging Administrator, Administration for Community Living (June 2009 — July 2016)

Nominated by President Barack Obama, Confirmed by the United States Senate

Created the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and simultaneously maintained position as Assistant Secretary for Aging. Provided national leadership for programs supporting people with disabilities and older adults. Responsible for management of the Administration on Aging and program implementation of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Implemented key provisions of the Elder Justice Act, including serving as de facto chair of the federal Elder Justice Coordinating Council. Established a federal home for state adult protective services programs and championed the creation of the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). Partnered with the White House Domestic Policy Council on issues related to elder abuse and creation of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Represented the United States at international meetings affiliated with the United Nations, World Health Organization, and Human Rights Council on topics relating to aging, older women, and elder abuse.

Kansas Department on Aging

Secretary of Aging (January 2006 — June 2009)

Served as head of cabinet agency for Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Responsible for Older Americans Act programs, distribution of Medicaid payments for nursing home residents, oversight of Medicaid home and community-based services waiver for frail elderly, administration of the state nursing home survey (inspection) process.


  • Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation
  • Aging and Disability Program Services
  • Community-based Organizations and Delivery System Reform
  • Health and Aging
  • Long-Term Care
  • Advanced Illness and End-of-Life
  • LGBT Aging and Health
  • International Aging Policy


  • ADvancing States, Washington, D.C.

  • The John A. Hartford Foundation, New York

  • National Council on Aging, Washington, D.C.

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington, D.C.

  • Education Development Corporation, Boston

  • Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City

  • University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law

  • Kansas Attorney General Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council