Elyse Cohen

Elyse Cohen
Senior Director, Food, Health and Wellness Programs; Executive Director, Health Means Business Campaign

Elyse is the Senior Director for Food, Health, and Wellness Programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. Elyse works at the intersection of business, health, food, and social impact— harnessing the role of the private sector in improving health. In this role, she works with diverse companies to drive innovation and programming for businesses that help support the health of consumers, employees, and communities around the world.

Prior to her current role, Elyse was the Deputy Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative—working directly with the First Lady to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and families. In this role, Elyse was a strategic leader and advisor, conceptualizing and directing the campaign’s priority initiatives and key messages, collaborating with c-suite executives in the private sector, government, and non-profit sectors. She also ensured unique and authentic positioning for the First Lady with communication strategies that broke through and resonated with diverse audiences.

Before joining the First Lady’s senior team, Elyse spent more than a decade developing social marketing and health communication campaigns. She is experienced in creating and executing shared-value initiatives and public-private partnerships that leverage assets, fill needs, generate change, and uniquely position brands as leaders in social impact.

Elyse graduated from the University of Florida and received her Master’s degree in Public Health Communication and Marketing from the George Washington University. She serves on advisory boards for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Culture of Health: A Business Leadership Imperative program; DC Central Kitchen; and GiveHealthy, a new initiative designed to raise awareness that hunger is a health issue, so that when people think about supporting hunger, they do it with healthy food.

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