Kelly L. Close
Founder of The diaTribe Foundation
Kelly L. Close is the founder and Chair of the Board of The diaTribe Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people living with diabetes and prediabetes, and advocating for action. Since 2006, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of diaTribe, our free newsletter focused on making people with diabetes healthier and happier and advocating for action. She has also run Close Concerns since 2002, a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity. Kelly and her colleagues attend over 40 scientific, regulatory, and economic conferences globally focused on diabetes and obesity, read key medical literature in the field, and write regularly about 50-plus private and public companies and nonprofit organizations in the area. Kelly's passion for diabetes comes from her extensive professional work as well as her personal experience as a patient with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. Prior to starting Close Concerns, Kelly worked in the financial sector, writing about medical technology companies, and worked at McKinsey & Company, where a majority of her work focused in the healthcare practice. Kelly is widely viewed as an expert on diabetes and obesity markets and as a frequent speaker on the public health implications of diabetes and obesity, she is a tireless supporter of patients. A longtime diabetes advocate, Kelly is on the board of directors of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute and was previously on the Executive Board of the SF Bay Area JDRF. Kelly is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco with her children Coco, Lola, and Valentino and husband John, with whom she runs Close Concerns.
Adam Brown joined diaTribe in 2010 as a Summer Associate, became Managing Editor in 2011, and now serves as Senior Editor. Adam brings nearly 15 years of experience with type 1 diabetes to all of his work at diaTribe, especially in testing out new technology like glucose meters, CGMs, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery, and mobile apps. Adam also writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe, Adams Corner, which focuses on actionable tips for living well with diabetes. Through his work at Close Concerns and diaTribe, Adam has brought a patient perspective to numerous venues, including FDA meetings, scientific and industry conferences, and patient events. Adam graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 pursuing concentrations in marketing and health care management & policy. He is passionate about exercise, nutrition, psychology, and wellness, and spends his free time cycling in San Francisco.
Lynn Kennedy joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2016 after graduating from Yale University. She received a BS for completion of a double major in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and Political Science, with a concentration in Health Policy & Politics, receiving distinction in the latter. Her academic interests are bridged by her passion for understanding how health and wellness are pursued (and improved!) in the society in which we live. During her senior year, Lynn performed type 1 diabetes research on leptin’s antidiabetic effect in rats. She also completed a political science thesis evaluating the UN’s prevention and reaction responsibilities in the wake of the 2010 Haitian Cholera outbreak and in the face of future public health threats occurring alongside UN peace operations. An internship at the Novartis Office for Governmental Affairs in Brussels further contributed to her interest in interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary health challenges. Outside the classroom, Lynn worked as a Recruitment Coordinator at the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office, served as a Freshman Counselor in one of Yale’s residential colleges during her senior year, and competed with the Yale Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey team prior to sustaining a career-ending head injury. Lynn is excited to join the diaTribe team and explore SF!
Ava Runge joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2015 after graduating with honors from Brown University with a BS in neurobiology. Her initial interest in diabetes came from her own diagnosis of T1D in 2010, which inspired her to get involved in the global diabetes community. Since then, she has traveled to the Dominican Republic twice to teach diabetes education, learned from diabetes clinicians in Argentina, and conducted research on gestational diabetes at Women and Infant’s Hospital in Providence, RI. During her time at Brown, she worked for Brown Emergency Medical Services as a certified EMT, shift Supervisor, and CPR Program Coordinator. She also actively engaged in the Providence community through volunteering at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a medical center that serves patients without health insurance, and Food Recovery Network, a national organization that seeks to address food waste and food insecurity by coordinating the delivery of excess food to homeless shelters. Her academic studies culminated in a year of independent research and a senior thesis characterizing brain myelination in children with autism. In her free time, Ava enjoys hiking, traveling, playing fiddle, and exploring the beautiful Bay Area with family and friends!