Speaker Details

Nancy Kelley
Founding Executive Director, NY Genome Center

Nancy J. Kelley has served at the very highest levels of the business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors for over twenty years. Most recently, she has specialized in developing healthcare and life science environments for healthcare organizations, life science companies and academic medical centers.

Ms. Kelley was formerly senior vice president, business development and strategic operations for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a publicly traded real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and operation of properties for the life science industry. While there, she led development of the East River Science Park in Manhattan, a commercial translational research park of over 1 million square feet. As a senior executive with Spaulding & Slye Colliers and Colliers International, the life sciences group she led oversaw major development projects for such clients as the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University/Boston Medical Center.

A frequent writer and speaker, Ms. Kelley was the principal author/editor of Alchemy, a first-of-its-kind global life sciences report, and its follow-on publication Elements, which provided business counsel to decision-makers at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and research and healthcare institutions. As an adviser and founder of growth companies, she acquired years of experience as a corporate securities lawyer at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale), where her practice focused on start-up companies and investment banks in the biotechnology, medical instrumentation and healthcare industries, among others. Ms. Kelley also has a broad background in the nonprofit, public and academic sectors.

She currently serves or has served on boards for The Jackson Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Whitehead Institute. She holds a BA in economics from Yale College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a masters degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.