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 16 years of personal experience living with 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. He writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe, Adam's Corner, which has brought useful diabetes tips to over 1 million people since 2013. Adam's first book, Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me, was published in May 2017 and received immediate praise for its actionable advice on food, mindset, exercise, and sleep. To date, over 100,000 copies of Bright Spots & Landmines have been sold/downloaded. Adam has also brought a patient perspective to numerous public venues, including FDA and NIH meetings, scientific and industry conferences, and patient events. He 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.
Jeemin Kwon joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2017 after graduating cum laude from Yale University with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. As an undergraduate, her academic work was focused on neurobiology, culminating in a senior project researching the effects of inhibiting a brain-specific protein in Alzheimer’s disease. She also pursued other academic interests related to psychology and public health. At diaTribe, Jeemin is the Managing Editor of diaTribe Learn, the online educational platform for people with diabetes and prediabetes. She has helped to grow the subscriber list to over 180k and the yearly web traffic to 2 million people and is focused on bringing new people to diaTribe by producing actionable articles that help people lead healthier and happier lives. Jeemin also runs the diaTribe Twitter account @diaTribeNews. In addition to diabetes and other matters of health, Jeemin is passionate about boba, exploring cities on foot, and animated films. As a Bay Area native, she is excited to be working in SF with the diaTribe team!
Jimmy McDermott joined the diaTribe Foundation in 2018 after graduating cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He majored in science, technology, and international affairs, with a focus on security and global health. As an undergraduate, Jimmy worked for a DC-based policy research organization to assist in US global health policy decision-making. His passion for improving health literacy and disparities drove him to work with children at public schools in the DC area, teaching a weekly course on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and stigma. While completing a Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate program, he conducted research at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, focusing on healthcare disparities and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on access to quality surgical care. Jimmy rowed on the Georgetown Varsity Crew Team and now competes in triathlons.