Kathryn Kelley

Executive Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI)

Kathryn Kelley servces as executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI), whose mission is to be an action-oriented public policy and advocacy center for manufacturing within the state and nation, reflecting a thoughtful and sustained response to industry-led and vetted issues. Kathryn has over 18 years' experience in program leadership and strategic communications for industry-oriented higher education and statewide technology organizations. She collaborates with others to develop regional and national public policy to support manufacturing innovation, advocate for small- and medium-sized manufacturing needs within the supply chains and remove barriers between academia and industry. Notable accomplishments include:

  • Serving as Ohio principal investigator on the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program to support companies and communities affected by defense spending cuts
  • Helping develop the human network to support the Ohio Innovation Exchange, a research expertise portal project to connect Ohio academic and technical institutions with industry partners led by the Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Collaborating with industry, government and educational on best-practice advanced manufacturing education and career pathways

She has more than 15 years' experience conducting strategic programs and outreach for higher education, government and statewide technology organizations, including serving as chief advancement officer at the College of Nursing and senior director of outreach at the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH).

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