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, 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 LGBT health.  Her goal is to engage with local, regional, 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.

Center for Practical Bioethics

Senior Health Policy Advisor
September 2018 — present

Vice President for Health and Aging Policy
November 2016 — August 2018

Work focuses on issues that impact older adults and people with disabilities to promote and provide visibility to policies related to health and independence.  Part of a local collaborative working to bridge the divide between healthcare and community services.  Currently studying elder abuse prevention and response efforts in Kansas and continues to champion the problem at the national level.  Works on projects such as Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences, serious illness and end-of-life care, and advance directives.  Also advises the Center on pending legislative and regulatory matters.

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.  Responsible for leadership and management of the Administration on Aging and program implementation of the Older Americans Act (OAA).  Provided national leadership for programs supporting people with disabilities and older adults. Established a strong public policy team with expertise in Medicaid, Medicare, managed care, and long-term supports and services. Increased business acumen of community-based organizations positioned to be part of delivery system reform. Prepared and presented agency budget to the HHS Secretary’s Budget Council, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. ACL grew through a series of legislative and administrative actions; the agency had in excess of 200 staff and a budget of $1.9 billion at the end of 2016.


  • 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


  • John A. Hartford Foundation, New York
  • Sunflower Foundation, Topeka
  • Education Development Corporation, Boston
  • University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), School of Law, Kansas City
  • UMKC Consortium on Aging in the Community, Kansas City
  • Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City
  • MidAmerica Regional Council, Kansas City

National Council on Aging, Washington, D.C.
American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging, Washington, D.C.
National Academies of Medicine Forum on Aging, Disability & Independence, Washington, D.C.
Saint Luke’s Health System, Home Care & Hospice, Kansas City, MO
Community Legal Access, Springfield, MO


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