Elyse Cohen, Senior Director, Health and Wellness Programs; Executive Director, Health Means Business Campaign
Elyse Cohen is the Senior Director of the Health and Wellness Programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) and the Executive Director of the Health Means Business Campaign. In these roles, she works with CCC’s business supporters to help create healthier communities around the world. As the Executive Director of the Health Means Business Campaign, a partnership between the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a business-led culture of health and raise awareness of the connection between business, health, and economics, she works to establish cross-sector collaborations between businesses and partners and drives innovation around businesses to support the health of consumers and communities.
Previously, Elyse served as the Deputy Director of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative with the mission of raising a healthier generation of kids. In that role, she channeled her passion and expertise leading national health initiatives, to position the high-profile Let’s Move! brand in transforming the culture of health in America 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, and non-profit sectors and ensuring unique and authentic positioning for the First Lady with communication strategies that broke through and resonated with diverse audiences.
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 business. Her passion is to cultivate and communicate partnerships and business-led innovations that cross boundaries and result in real, meaningful, and lasting shared value for society. She brings cutting edge insights, unique perspective, and deep relationships to her work in building healthier communities.
Elyse serves on the Kitchen Cabinet 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, Communication and Marketing from the George Washington University.