Nichole June Maher, new CEO at Group Health Foundation

Group Health Foundation (GHF) has announced Nichole June Maher will join the foundation as its new president and CEO starting in October 2018.

Since 2012, Maher has served as the president of CEO of Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF), based out of Portland, Oregon. Prior to NWHF, she served as executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center where she co-founded the Coalition of Communities of Color advocacy group.

Maher has also been a member of several governing boards including Philanthropy Northwest, Grantmakers in Health, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, the Northwest Indian College Foundation Board, and the Oregon Education Investment Board.

In an email announcing Maher’s departure, Northwest Health Foundation wrote,

“We know Nichole is the right person to lead GHF’s work…Over the last six years at NWHF, Nichole led the foundation through a significant transformation. After years of giving to healthcare systems, mainstream nonprofits and research institutions, we shifted our approach to partnering with community-led organizations that focus on changing policies and systems. We increased our giving to communities of color, rural communities and disability communities significantly, and started to make better use of our 501(c)(4) resources.”

Maher also included a statement in the email. She wrote,

“It is hard for me to leave Northwest Health Foundation and for my family to leave the place we’ve called home for so long,” she wrote. “I also know that while a river may separate us, Washington and Oregon face many challenges in health equity together. I look forward to working on those challenges in my new role at Group Health Foundation. And I know that the many friendships I’ve forged, and community partnerships Northwest Health Foundation has created throughout our region, will endure. The staff and board at the Foundation are such an inspiration to me. I’ll miss them all dearly.”