Nancy J. Kelley is a nationally recognized executive and lawyer who has driven key strategic initiatives in the business, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors for over 20 years. Most recently, Nancy led a one-year sustainability initiative to develop a strategic action plan to advance the field of synthetic biology in the U.S. This initiative was co-funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Synberc (the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center). Before this most recent endeavor, Nancy was the founding executive director of the New York Genome Center where she led the Center from a startup to a fully operational, world-class genomics research center and provider of cutting edge sequencing and bioinformatics services, raising $110 million to do so. Her prior leadership history includes work in scientific institutions, companies, real estate developments, as well as governmental work as a White House Fellow and Truman Scholar. She was a leader of the East River Science Park project in Manhattan and has overseen major developments for the NIH, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, and Boston University/Boston Medical Center. She holds a B.A. in economics from Yale, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School.