Kelly Ayotte

Board Member
Kelly Ayotte Headshot

Kelly Ayotte joined the IRI board in 2014. She served in the United States Senate representing the state of New Hampshire from 2011 to 2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. She also served on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Budget, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Aging Committees.

Senator Ayotte served as the Sherpa for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, helping lead the effort to secure his confirmation. From 2004 to 2009, Ayotte served as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Attorney General, Chief of the Homicide Prosecution Unit and as Legal Counsel to Governor Craig Benson. Ayotte currently serves on the boards of BAE System Inc., Blackstone, Blink Health, Boston Properties, Caterpillar and News Corp. She also serves on the nonprofit boards of the One Campaign, the McCain Institute, NH Veterans Count and Winning for Women. She is an advisor to Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions and United Against Nuclear Iran. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Center on Military and Political Power and co‐chairs the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security.

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