Kim Callinan MPP, MBA, PMP

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kim Callinan is an accomplished non-profit leader, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and expert in organizational management, cultural intelligence, and end-of-life care. As the CEO of Compassion & Choices, the nation's largest national non-profit organization advocating for patient-directed end-of-life care, Kim has played a leadership role in advancing medical aid in dying nationally. She has also pioneered a strategy to normalize advance care planning for people with dementia, and she championed efforts to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive end-of-life movement, setting her apart as a unique and influential figure in this field.

Kim is frequently invited to speak at conferences, testify before state legislatures, conduct policy briefings, serve on committees as a subject-matter expert on end-of-life care and options, and speak at meetings or events to inspire and train individuals on a range of topics, from the power of living a terminal life to becoming empowered end-of-life consumers.  She also presented at the National Academies of Science Physician-Assisted Death workshop, served on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality Care of People With Serious Illness, addressed the American Society of Aging’s National Forum: A Message to the President, and spoke at the Center for Medicare Advocacy Voices of Medicare Summit.  Kim also regularly authors thought-leadership pieces highlighting the stark contrast between what healthcare consumers want and the existing policies and practices in end-of-life care and is quoted in the media. Sample placements include  The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Guardian.  

Kim Callinan's expertise and thought leadership have also been showcased through invitations to contribute to several books. Kim contributed to a chapter in Hanna Olivas' best-selling anthology, "Plan a Life You Love: A Women's Guide to Health, Wealth and Happiness Without Limitations," co-authored a chapter on medical aid in dying in "Understanding End of Life Practices: Perspectives on Communication, Religion and Culture" by Dr. Chandana Banerjee, and authored the Afterword in Barbara Coombs Lee's "Finish Strong: Putting Your Priorities First at Life’s End." She was also featured as an expert in the Amazon Prime documentary "Take Me Out Feet First" and on an episode of the Dr. Phil Show on medical aid in dying. Additionally, she debated Dr. Ira Byock on the Disagreement Podcast and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat at a debate sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute at Stanford University.

Kim's academic qualifications and certifications are a testament to her commitment to continuous learning and professional development. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, an MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Oberlin College. Her specialized certifications include a certificate in the fundamentals of gerontology from the American Society on Aging and the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, a public health certificate from the University of South Florida, and a death doula certificate from the University of Vermont.  She is also certified by the EIDA Center with their DEI and Organizational Change Certification, by the Cultural Intelligence Center for their Masterclass completion and as a certified facilitator,  and by Korn Ferry with their Leadership Architect Certification, further solidifying her academic qualifications and expertise. 

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Compassion & Choices 2024 Engagement Fellow Interview: Isabella Carr and Securing Compassionate Deaths for Fat People
June 11, 2024

In this interview Isabella Carr, a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School and Compassion & Choices’ engagement fellow, discusses her background and interest in end-of-life care. Isabella talks about working with fat people and addressing the unique needs and challenges they face at the end of life. Isabella notes the importance of providing compassionate care…

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