Amanda Pears Kelly



 Amanda joined the NACHC staff in 2005. Right from the start, Amanda was taken with and inspired by the passion and commitment of seemingly everyone she encountered in the Health Center world – a great departure from her previous work as a contract lobbyist for the “dark side” in her old stomping grounds of New England. After receiving a crash course in all things Health Center – along with a seemingly unending list of acronyms to memorize - she quickly fell in love with grassroots advocacy and the Health Center Movement.

As National Advocacy Director, Amanda leads the strategy, development, coordination, and management of NACHC’s federal, state and local advocacy campaigns. In addition, Amanda provides technical assistance and consultation to state Primary Care Associations, Health Center Controlled Networks and Health Centers on policy issues and advocacy strategy. While she enjoys just about all elements of her job, some favorite programs and initiatives under her purview include National Health Center Week, providing onsite advocacy trainings, and cross division/department work at NACHC.

Outside of work, Amanda spends most of her time partaking in the adventures of her nearly 5 year old son and his best friend (and giant dog) “Peanut”. Amanda adores spending time with her family, is an avid runner, loves to travel, and when not “adventuring”, can often be found reading and writing creatively. In an alternate life, she might have chosen to become a race car driver – her current driving record sadly supports this aspiration, though the last couple years have been ticket free!   

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