Elyse Cohen

Director, Health and Wellness Program; Executive Director, Health Means Business Campaign

Elyse Cohen is the Director of the Health and Wellness Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC). In this role, she works with CCC’s business supporters to help create healthier communities around the world. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Health Means Business campaign.

Previously, Elyse served as the Deputy Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. In that role, she channeled her passion and expertise leading national health initiatives aimed at promoting social change, to position the high-profile Let’s Move! brand in generating transformation around our nation’s health. In this role, she supported the First Lady’s mission to help America raise a healthier generation of kids by making healthy choices easier for American families. Elyse served as a strategic leader and advisor; conceptualizing and implementing the campaign’s priority initiatives, collaborating with high-level stakeholders in the private sector, government, foundation, and advocacy community.

Prior to working at the White House, Elyse spent more than a decade developing social marketing and health communication campaigns, primarily focused on food and nutrition, public-private partnerships, high-level stakeholder outreach, marketing, and social impact. As the landscape of the food industry is shifting to better serve the needs of consumers, communities, the environment, and our health, Elyse has been helping to build thought-leadership and guide companies, non-profits, and individuals on their social impact and external affairs agenda around food, health, and wellness. Elyse’s network spans across the highest levels of government, non-profit, private sector, and esteemed leaders working at the intersection of food, policy, social responsibility, and innovation. Elyse brings cutting edge insights, unique perspective, and deep relationships to her work in building healthier communities.  

Elyse serves on the “Kitchen Cabinet” Young Leader Advisory Board of DC Central Kitchen and the Advisory Council of the Jewish Food Experience, a division of the Jewish Federation. Elyse holds a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Nutrition from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Public Health, with a focus on Communication and Marketing from the George Washington University.

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