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Mike Kelleher

Mike Kelleher

Mike Kelleher is responsible for coordinating communications, fundraising, and public policy. He has 30 years of experience in communications and economic development policy and practice. Prior to starting at 2Blades, he spent a decade at the World Bank Group, most recently as Adviser for the 2030 Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships unit. Earlier he served as Lead International Affairs Officer for the Multilateral Organizations unit, and prior to that he was Senior Speechwriter for World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. His first posting at the World Bank Group was as Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank, where his portfolio included technology and innovation, Europe and Central Asia, and external relations.  From 2009-2010 Mr. Kelleher worked at the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that he served as Director of Economic Development and Outreach for then-U.S. Senator Obama. He was Country Director for the National Democratic Institute’s office in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, focusing on governance issues in Parliament. Mr. Kelleher managed a state economic development region for the Illinois Department of Commerce and prior to that served for eight years as Director of the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development at Illinois State University. He was a tax and trade legislative assistant and press secretary for U.S. Rep. Marty Russo and a research assistant for U.S. Senator Max Baucus.  Mike began his development work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, working for three years as a community health and development worker in a small rural village.    Mike can be reached at mk1@2blades.org.