Traci Kennedy has spent the last decade in Columbia, Missouri completing her undergraduate studies at Mizzou and master’s degree at the Truman School of Public Affairs. Her career started at the University of Missouri in the Department of Student Life. She spent a brief time working in health information technology building the state’s electronic medical exchange network. In 2003, she testified at her first City Council meeting as a high school student asking her community to pass a smokefree workplace law. That launched a passion for coalition building and grassroots policy change that lent to her career leading the statewide coalition, Tobacco Free Missouri, and now as the Midwest Consultant for the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. In her current role, she works in a challenging 13 state territory at the local and statewide level to protect all employees from secondhand smoke at work.
When not crusading for public health, Ms. Kennedy is an active community volunteer serving on the Regional Advisory Council for Great Circle and as Chair of the Griffiths Leadership Society for Women at the University of Missouri. She has a love for travel to meet new places and people as well as enjoying adventures with friends and family.