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Adrienne White-Faines


Adrienne White-Faines

Of Counsel

Adrienne White-Faines is an Of Counsel partner to Quick Leonard Kieffer, bringing to the firm a background in healthcare strategy informed by a constant commitment to improving the health status of populations across the globe. She is an experienced healthcare executive in strategy and business development, capital planning, operations management, program design and collaboration, and medical education and training with complex health institutions, associations, and physician practices.

In June 2019, Adrienne stepped down from her role as chief executive officer of the American Osteopathic Association, the professional association representing more than 145,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students. During her six-year tenure, she had oversight of the AOA's work to advance osteopathic medical education, training, and certification in the U.S. and internationally, and promoted public policy, public health, and research through an osteopathic patient-centric lens. She was responsible for the association's strategic agenda, providing visionary leadership to enhance and influence its reputation as the premier home and advocacy association for the osteopathic medical profession.

Previously, Adrienne served as the vice president for health initiatives and advocacy with the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division. As the lead strategist for research, education, government relations/public policy, and patient services programs and operations, she was recognized for her specialization in health disparities solutions. Adrienne directed a number of successful statewide legislative campaigns, including Smoke Free Illinois; expanded peer review research funding; and implemented a variety of initiatives designed to address the needs of at-risk populations.

Adrienne began her career in the hospital setting, working in planning, program development, project management, and community outreach for NYC Health and Hospital Corporation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She holds a bachelor's degree in American studies from Amherst College, an MPA in health service administration from the University of Southern California, and honorary doctorates in laws from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and in humane letters from Western University of Health Sciences.

Adrienne has had extensive involvement in the community, supporting numerous organizations through board and volunteer service, including Erikson Institute, Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute, Loeb Center of Amherst College, Harriet's Daughters, and Innovaccer Technologies. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of Leadership Greater Chicago, and is the recipient of Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color Award.


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