The Children’s Inn at NIH Appoints Two New Board Members

BETHESDA, Maryland (April 14, 2015)

The Children’s Inn at NIH named two new members to its Board of Directors: Robert J. Filippone, PhD, Vice President, U.S. Policy and Government Relations at Merck, and Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report, a multi-platform publisher of news and consumer information products.

“I am delighted that we have added to The Children’s Inn Board two people with such wide ranging experience and deep community involvement,” said Jennie Lucca, CEO of The Children’s Inn. “I know they will strengthen even further an exemplary Board of Directors.”

Robert Filippone and his team represent Merck in Washington, DC and are responsible for U.S. policy development and legislative advocacy on Merck’s key federal issues. He joined Merck from PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, where he served as Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs. He led PhRMA’s Federal Affairs team with responsibility for advancing PhRMA’s interests with members of Congress and the Administration. Bob holds PhD and Master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Brian Kelly is a member of U.S. News & World Report’s executive committee, with primary responsibility for all the company’s content, which includes the websites and, print and e-book guides on education and health care, and a conference and events business. He has led the transformation of U.S. News from a traditional print news magazine to a largely digital publishing company with a range of influential products, including the Best Colleges and Best Hospitals rankings. Under his leadership, has gained an audience of more than 30 million monthly users. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues related to media, national policy, politics and education. He is Vice President of the Economic Club of Washington and a former board member of the World Affairs Council of DC..


The Children’s Inn at NIH is a nonprofit partner in medical discovery, helping to reduce the burden of illness through therapeutic, educational and recreational programming – all at no cost to the families. Since opening in 1990, nearly 12,000 families have considered The Inn their home, for a day or a week or even months at a time. As a partner in discovery and care with the NIH, The Inn currently supports 15 of the 27 Institutes and Centers.