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Our Team


Kelly Close

Founder, 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 website focused on making people with diabetes healthier and happier and advocating for action. Since 2002, she has also run Close Concerns, a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity. Each year Kelly and her colleagues attend over 50 scientific, regulatory, and economic conferences around the world, focused on diabetes and obesity; they read the key medical literature in the field and write regularly about 50-plus private and public companies and nonprofit organizations. Kelly's passion for diabetes comes from her extensive professional work as well as her personal experience as a type 1 patient for nearly 30 years.

Prior to starting Close Concerns, Kelly was an analyst in the financial sector, writing about medical technology companies, and she also worked at McKinsey & Company, where a majority of her work was focused on healthcare. Kelly is recognized as an expert on diabetes and obesity markets, and she is a frequent speaker on the public health implications of diabetes and obesity. A longtime diabetes patient advocate, Kelly was previously on the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, and the Executive Board of the San Francisco Bay Area JDRF. Kelly is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.

Adam Brown

Senior Editor, diaTribe

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, Adam's 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.

Alijah Marquez

Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Development, The diaTribe Foundation

Alijah Marquez joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2018 as the organization’s first Development Coordinator. Alijah completed her Bachelor Degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services at California State University, Monterey Bay in 2014 and her Master in Public Health degree at San Jose State University in 2017 – both with an emphasis on community health. Alijah brings over five years of non-profit involvement, with a focus on health education, program development and implementation, community outreach, and organizational development. Alijah has served as a long-standing volunteer and intern for numerous health-related nonprofits which include The Compassionate Friends bereavement support organization, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Community Health Resource Center, and the Brisbane Lions Club. Alijah is passionate about health and wellness, sustainable and recycled fashion, animals, vegetarian food, and coastal hikes.

Amelia Dmowska

Senior Associate, The diaTribe Foundation

Amelia Dmowska joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2016 after graduating with honors from the University of Chicago, where she completed a degree in English Language and Literature and a minor in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years living on the South Side of Chicago, she was heavily involved in working to increase vulnerable populations’ access to health education. She studied at-risk parents’ access to information about healthy childhood development and also worked as a research assistant with Thirty Million Words, an initiative focused on early language learning programs for children living below the poverty line. Through Peer Health Exchange, she taught weekly health classes on mental health, drugs and alcohol, and sexual health in public high schools. Amelia is also passionate about arts education. She was President of ArtShould, a student group that teaches art classes at underfunded elementary schools, and she was the co-founder of StoryArts Summer Camp, an arts and storytelling camp for South Side youth. In her free time, Amelia enjoys art, reading, and writing short stories. She is excited to live in a city where there are so many beautiful murals in addition to the many beautiful views!

Mallory Erickson

Managing Director, The diaTribe Foundation

Mallory Erickson joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2017 as the organization’s first Managing Director. Mallory brings nearly 12 years of non-profit leadership experience, with a focus on strategic planning, capacity building, program development, and management. Mallory graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 pursuing concentrations in Sociology and Political Science, with a focus on education and social change. She received her Masters in Education from Lesley University through a teaching fellowship with Citizen Schools, where she later went on to be a Campus Director. Following her role at Citizen Schools, Mallory became a non-profit consultant and supported organizations to train their first-year Americorps members. For the last five years, Mallory has been the Managing Director and Executive Director for Global Student Embassy (GSE). At GSE, she transformed a small, startup non-profit into a growing, thriving organization with environmental youth leadership programs in three countries, sustainable gardens in twenty Bay Area high schools, and student groups on 18 university campuses throughout the United States. Mallory is passionate about traveling, exercise, recycling, reading, and art. She spends her free time hiking around the Bay Area or exploring a new country.

Emily Fitts

Associate, The diaTribe Foundation

Emily Fitts joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2017 after graduating cum laude from Amherst with a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Culture, Health, and Science. She was previously a Summer Associate for Close Concerns in 2016. Emily completed a senior honors thesis that investigated the social norms surrounding stress, sleep, and related-disclosure and the influence of perfectionism on misperception of such norms. During her time at Amherst, she pursued her passion for public health by serving on the Executive Board of GlobeMed, a global health group that seeks to promote health, raise awareness, and foster partnership on campus and within the global community. Emily worked as the Head Tour Guide for her junior and senior year, where she expressed her love of Amherst to prospective families and managed 70+ tour guides to ensure a positive visitor experience. To engage with the local community, Emily worked as a Reading Mentor for Reader to Reader, which provided her an opportunity to share her love of reading with students from low-income schools. Prior to her summer internship with Close Concerns, she worked for The Union for International Cancer Control in Geneva, Switzerland, where she explored the business side of a public health nonprofit organization as the Business Development and External Relations intern. Emily was an avid member of the Rowing Team at Amherst and looks forward to continuing spending her free time outside with friends.

Jeemin Kwon

Associate, The diaTribe Foundation

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. Outside the classroom, Jeemin enjoyed playing flute with Yale’s pops orchestra and performing with the traditional Korean drumming group. 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! 

Ben Pallant

Senior Associate, The diaTribe Foundation

Ben Pallant joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2016 after graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (junior nomination) from Bowdoin College, where he studied Sociology and Chemistry. He has done research on both bio-organic synthesis and public health, the latter project taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia and focusing on clinical manifestations of dengue fever. During his semester abroad in Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina, he focused on community-level factors impacting global health. Ben also has a strong love of the outdoors, having spent the last two summers as a hiking guide for kids in the mountains of California and Colorado. When he’s not hiking and camping, Ben loves running, biking, and listening to jazz.

Emma Ryan

Associate, The diaTribe Foundation

Emma Ryan joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2017 after graduating from Amherst College with an honors degree in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. Interested in how communities interact with science and medicine, she used her pre-medical background to inform a thesis exploring the practical and theoretical impact of functional neuroimaging on criminal responsibility. Emma continued this interdisciplinary theme during her summers, where she studied at La Sorbonne, volunteered at a camp for kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and conducted clinical research into cognitive remediation therapy for schizophrenic and bipolar inpatients at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center. At Amherst, Emma was a captain and four-year member of the women’s rowing team, volunteered as an English as a Second Language tutor, and was a staff writer for a humor publication. Emma also helped launch the Being Human in STEM initiative, a collaboration between students and faculty seeking to improve the experience of underrepresented minority students studying science and math at Amherst. In her free time, Emma backpacks, skis, and thinks about adopting a giant dog someday.

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