Elyse Cohen

Health & Wellness Programs; Executive Director, Health Means Business Campaign
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Elyse served as the former Deputy Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative aimed at making healthier choices easier for American families. In this role, Elyse was a strategic leader and advisor, conceptualizing and directing the campaign’s priority initiatives and key messages, 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.

In her current role as Senior Director for health and wellness programs and Executive Director for the Health Means Business Campaign at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center (USCCF), Elyse works at the intersection of business, health, food, and social impact— harnessing the role of the private sector in improving health—from consumers to communities and the workforce. In these roles, she works with diverse businesses including the Campbell’s Soup Company, IMB, KIND Snacks, and GSK to help create healthier communities around the world.

Elyse’s career has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors. 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 is experienced in developing and executing corporate social responsibility initiatives, public-private partnerships, and health marketing campaigns that move the needle and generate impact around health, well-being, and improved food systems.

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 the advisory board for the Jewish Food Experience, DC Central Kitchen, and the #givehealthy campaign, a new movement designed to raise awareness that hunger is a health issue, so that when people think about supporting hunger, they do it with healthy food.