14 Under 45, Series 1
Associate Director of Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Horizon Pharma plc, Pharmacueticals
About This Project

Holly Copeland

Associate Director of Public Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, Horizon Pharma plc

Holly Copeland currently serves as the Associate Director of Public Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility at Horizon Pharma, plc, where she is in charge of driving Horizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and playing a key role in the management of its Public Affairs. Additionally, Holly is also an advisory board member for the Il Institute of Technology IPRO program, where she has provided guidance, mentoring & advice.

Prior to joining Horizon Pharma, plc, Holly was the Deputy Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology (EIT), housed within the Il Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The management of EIT involved the direct oversight of 20+ staff and a $144 million portfolio that provided technical assistance & financial support for Illinois’ small business & innovation ecosystem. While in that position, Holly also made strategic investments that targeted the inclusion of women, girls, and communities of color in the innovation space.

Holly has also served as the CEO of a privately held, boutique consulting firm, was President of the Il Inaugural Committee, Governor Quinn’s Chief Operating Officer, & Director of Development for a statewide non-profit organization.

Holly has a Master’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis in International Affairs/International Political Economy, a Master’s Degree from UofI in Public Administration & an undergrad from UofI in Business Administration. She was a YWCA Woman of Excellence nominee, is an active volunteer at her local Food Pantry, & the proud mother of two curious & creative daughters.

Reality is not destiny.