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Kathleen Conaboy, Kathleen

Kathleen Conaboy

McDonald Carano LLP
Reno, NV
(775) 326-4306


  • BA, Philosophy, Villanova University

Professional Experience


Government Affairs & Advocacy


Ms. Conaboy has three decades of experience in external affairs, specializing in communications and government relations. She has developed and executed advocacy strategies on the federal and state levels and served as liaison with state economic development agencies and city planning agencies on major public educational and clinical capital projects.

Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Ms. Conaboy worked for 25 years in leadership roles in academic medicine in Nevada and Florida. She also consulted with a national firm specializing in accreditation, development of new medical schools, and organizational change in academic medicine and has been a program consultant to several private foundations.

Ms. Conaboy has extensive experience in USAID-funded international development projects in medical education. From 1999 to 2006, she coordinated reform projects in the Central Asian Republics (CAR), including the formation of the CAR Council of Rectors, an association of the region’s leading medical educators. She also had extensive collaboration with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health in the development of a national reform strategy for health professions education. She has presented this work at international meetings.

Ms. Conaboy has served in leadership roles on multiple local boards. She was named in 2012 by Governor Sandoval to the newly formed Nevada Public Charter School Authority and currently serves as the board’s chair.


Government Affairs & Advocacy

As a member of the Government Affairs Group, Ms. Conaboy represents Nevada, regional and national clients in a variety of sectors, including energy, health care, education, hospitality, public safety, transportation, recycling/waste management, communications, transportation and project development.  The Group represents clients in grassroots campaigns, in local government proceedings, in the state legislature, at the agencies of the executive branch, and in regulatory proceedings.  Group members also have frequent interactions with Nevada¹s congressional offices to facilitate client issues.

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