Nichole Maher joined Northwest Health Foundation as President and CEO in August 2012. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon for over 11 years.
Under her leadership, the 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 in Public Health from the Mark 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, Portland Business Journal’s top 40 under 40, Portland Monthly Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Portlanders, and Oregon Woman of Distinction.
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 serves on a number of governing boards, including Portland City Club, JustPortland, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, the National Comcast/NBC Joint Diversity Advisory Council, the Oregon Education Investment Board, and the Oregon Historical Society Levy Oversight committee, where she serves as co-chair.
She is a proud mother of three young children.