We have experience in every function of building, growing and scaling
strategic initiatives and organizations from planning to executing a grand strategy.

We have experience in every function of building, growing and scaling strategic initiatives and organizations from planning to executing a grand strategy.

View some of our case studies here to see how we’ve accomplished all that for various projects.

Contact us to see how we can help you.

Partnerships - Nancy J Kelley + Associates
Launching large scale projects, organizations & multi-institutional partnerships
Strategic Planning by Nancy J Kelley + Associates
Strategic planning
Market Analysis by Nancy J Kelley and Associates
Market analysis
Market Analyses - Nancy J Kelley
Financial analysis & investment strategy
Nancy J Kelley - services
Complex business negotiations
Social Media and Communications - Nancy J Kelley
Social media & communications
Technology and Data Solutions - Nancy J Kelley and Associates
Technology & data solutions
Life Science Environments - Nancy J Kelley
Life Science Environments

We are committed to delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs.

Nancy J Kelley + Associates builds things that matter for science and medicine in order to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. Whether advancing translational genomic research that has the potential to cure human disease and improve quality of life or facilitating ways that we can feed, fuel and heal the world through technological innovation in biology, we are committed to delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs. VIEW CASE STUDIES

Nancy J Kelley & Associates - San Fransisco


Nancy J Kelley - BIO


Nancy J Kelley is a senior executive and lawyer with exceptional leadership ability, management skills and over twenty years of executive management and board experience. She has a particularly deep understanding of the healthcare, life science and research fields, and deep expertise in the related legal, business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors.



David J. Whelan has devoted his career to building successful businesses, from strategic, operational, financial, and human capital standpoints. He currently focuses on business strategy, marketing and branding, and operations. He has a strong analytical and quantitative background, coupled with deep strategy and team-building skills. He is as comfortable developing and positioning new organizations for success as he is helping improve the performance of established businesses.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development & Chief Strategy Officer for New York Genome Center (www.nygenome.org), a unique not-for-profit scientific research institute, where he collaborated on the development of the business plan, fundraising of $110 million, and initial operational launch. His experience also includes roles as acting chief operating officer for a specialty chemicals distribution and laboratory services business, and product management and channel strategy for Apex Fitness Group, a division of 24 Hour Fitness. Earlier in his career, he spent over six years as a retained executive search consultant with Ethos Consulting Inc. As a consultant and confidante to his clients – primarily CEOs and venture capitalists – his mission was to help to build management teams that could build successful enterprises. Dave began his career with a biotechnology incubator in San Francisco. Dave has worked in and on behalf of numerous industries throughout his career, including aerospace and defense, telecommunications, software and hardware, biotechnology, manufacturing, consumer products and retail, entertainment, and not-for-profit organizations.Currently, he serves as a founding board member and advisor to O2 MAX Fitness, a teen fitness and media company, and Petite Village, an Internet service that connects parents with engaging activities for their children.

Dave holds an MBA with Honors from the UCLA Anderson School and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, and he remains very involved in alumni activities with both schools. He also studied at London Business School and Carnegie Mellon University. He maintains a Top Secret Security Clearance.


Tracy Lessor is a seasoned science and healthcare communications professional with 20 years experience in both the corporate and agency setting. She has extensive experience supporting C-suite executives and key opinion leaders within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, CRO/CMOs, academia, non-profit, and government organizations, helping to shape their communications strategies. A scientist by training, Tracy’s strength lies in translating complex scientific and technical concepts and data into accessible language for diverse target audiences.

Most recently, Tracy served as a Senior Vice President, Science and Healthcare Communications at Feinstein Kean Healthcare/Ogilvy. Her experience also includes science journalism for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and other oncology publications, regulatory strategy and intelligence at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda Oncology), and senior clinical editor and program manager for live, print, and online continuing medical education (CME) programs at Pri-Med Institute.

Tracy earned her MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College, PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, and BSc in exercise science and chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. In 2005, Tracy became a board-certified editor in the life sciences (ELS).


 Scientific Market Expertise

Jimmy Lin

C. Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS,
Rare Genomics

Adrienne Jane Burke - NJKA

Adrienne Jane Burke
Editorial Consultant
Adrienne Jane Burke, llc

 Finance and Investment

Spencer Adler

Spencer Adler
Bioeconomy Management

Stan Kasmarcak

Stan Kasmarcak, CPA
Principal, Co-Founder
Alta Partners


Steve Singer

Steve Singer, JD

Ariel Soiffer

Ariel Soiffer, JD
Senior Associate


Guevara Rowand

Guevara Rowand
Managing Partner
Savant Consulting

 Social Media and Communications

Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies, PhD
Author “The $1,000 Genome”
Editor and Publisher

Bhakti Kulmala web designer bhakti-creative

Bhakti Kulmala
Web & Graphic Designer
Bhakti Creative

 Technology Strategy


Consulting Practice

Chris Dwan

Chris Dwan
Independent Consultant

BIP Capital 02

Scott Popma
Founder, Principal
Ballast IP Capital

BIP Capital 02

Sean O’Donnell
Ph.D., Principal
Ballast IP Capital

 Life Science Development

Bill Harvey Director Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Bill Harvey
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank


James C. McKenna
President & CEO
Hunter Roberts Construction Group

David Manfredi

David Manfredi
Co-founder, Principal
Elkus Manfredi Architects

Mitch Simpler

Mitch Simpler
Managing Partner
Jaros, Baum & Bolles


Brian Aronne
Senior Vice President,
Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Kent Knight - Elkus Manfredi

Kent Knight
Vice President
Elkus Manfredi Architects