Nichole June Maher, MPH
President | 503.220.1955

Nichole June Maher joined Northwest Health Foundation as President and CEO in August 2012. Nichole is the youngest president of a major foundation in the Northwest and has led the organization through a significant transformation. Northwest Health Foundation has become a champion of advocacy, policy and supporting vulnerable populations to be leaders in creating healthy families and communities. In addition, NWHF is proud to have a majority minority staff and board.

Previously, Nichole served as Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon for over 11 years. Under her leadership, NAYA Family Center grew from a staff of five and a budget of $200,000 to over 100 employees and a $10 million annual budget. In 2010, NAYA served over 5,000 families as a wrap-around community service organization offering culturally specific education programs, a fully accredited high school, financial literacy and micro-enterprise development, social services, domestic violence prevention and response programs, housing, and comprehensive poverty reduction programs.

Nichole holds a masters degree in public health from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and two bachelors of science, one in public health and one in American Indian studies from Oregon State University. In 1999, she completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education program at Yale Medical School in 1998. She has received numerous leadership and industry honors, including Oregon’s 50 most powerful people, Oregon’s top 40 under 40, Portland’s 50 most influential people, as well the Oregon Women of Distinction award.

Nichole serves on a number of governing boards, including Grantmakers in HealthPortland City Club, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, the National Comcast/NBC Joint Council Board, Northwest Indian College Foundation Board, American Indian Alaska Native Oregon Education State Plan Advisory Panel and the Oregon Historical Society Levy Oversight Committee, where she serves as co-chair. Previously, she served on the Oregon Education Investment Board and the Future of Public Health Task Force.

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, Nichole attended school on the Siletz Indian Reservation in Oregon and is a member of the Tlingit Tribe of Southeast Alaska. She is a proud mother of three young children.

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