Chief Operating Officer

Leah Picardi Gallivan has worked at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center since 1986, first as Associate Director for Programs, then as Vice President of Operations prior to being named Chief Operating Officer in 2010. In 2007, she served as Interim CEO during the search process for a new CEO, leading the organization during a period of transition. During her tenure at the health center, she has been responsible for the overall management of several clinical and support departments, as well as the Center’s quality improvement program, the development and integration of new programs and services, and the execution of departmental policies, procedures, and information systems.   She has provided leadership in the area of health equity at the center, starting and leading EMKCHC’s Cultural Competence and Health Equity Committee in 2002.

Ms. Gallivan was selected to receive the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers’ Outstanding Employee of the Year Award in 2007, and in 1992, she received the health center’s Charles Estus award for her contributions to the health center. In 2008, she was recognized for “her commitment to exceptional care without exception” in receiving the Chairman’s award from the health center’s Board of Directors. She has been the author or co-author of several articles and monographs, and has presented at a variety of forums on topics such as domestic violence interventions in CHCs, chronic disease management, racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and quality improvement.

Ms. Gallivan began her career in Community Health Centers as a Social Worker at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, where she worked with children and families from 1980-1985.

Ms. Gallivan holds a Masters of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University.