January 23, 2023 – Following a national search Chicago-based Cooper Coleman LLC has recruited Brad Kiley as vice president and chief operating officer of Washington, D.C.-based AIDS United. Johnny Cooper, founder and CEO of the firm, led the assignment. “We are thrilled to have Brad join AIDS United as our next chief operating officer,” said Jesse Milan, CEO. “He is an impressive professional with extensive experience in public and non-profit operational management, financial oversight, and systems building. Brad will be a great addition to our leadership team and a wonderful partner for AIDS United’s grantees, members, and staff as we continue our mission of ending the HIV epidemic.”
Mr. Kiley is an accomplished operations executive whose strong management skills were recognized when he was asked to help lead the incoming transition team for then-President-elect Barack Obama in 2008. The incoming President then invited Mr. Kiley to join his administration as the assistant to the President for management and administration at the White House, where he served for the first term of the President Obama’s tenure. In that role, Mr. Kiley oversaw all day-to-day operations of the White House, including finance and budget, facilities management, information technology, human resources, security, management oversight of the executive residence, and oversight of the office of administration, which provides enterprise services to all 11 components of the executive office of the President.
In his new position, Mr. Kiley leads the transformation of AIDS United’s organizational and operational efficiency. Overseeing the finance, operations and risk management, human resources, and information technology departments, he will help lead the organization in partnership with Mr. Milan.
“Much progress has been made in the fight to end the epidemic, but more must be done to end it once and for all,” said Mr. Kiley. “It is my honor and a great pleasure to serve as AIDS United’s chief operating officer. I look forward to contributing in meaningful ways as we work together with our colleagues and partners throughout the movement to see its end during our lifetime.”
Previously, Mr. Kiley played key operational leadership roles for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the Democratic National Committee during much of the 1990s. He was later appointed deputy assistant to the President for management and administration at the White House during the second term of the Clinton administration. He was instrumental to the early and successful growth of the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Following his service the Obama administration, Mr. Kiley served as chief operating officer for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he managed the end-to-end finances, human resources, and field operations for the $200 million organization from 2013 to 2020. Mr. Kiley most recently served as COO for Radio Free Asia.
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Mr. Cooper has more than 16 years of leadership experience throughout the social sector. He partnered with his father-in-law, William B. Coleman, to establish Cooper Coleman as a firm that “prioritizes making the essential services of executive search accessible to organizations across the social sector, knowing the transformational impact having the right leaders in the right roles can have on an organization and its mission,” the firm said. Mr. Coleman has more than 25 years’ experience in retained executive search, including leading his own firm, Coleman Search Consulting LLC, for more than 10 years until its sale in 2018.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media