JanMarie Ward (Chumash)

Board Treasurer

JanMarie is a national expert in tribal health and well-being. Her work is best described as a public health strategist focused on American Indian/Alaska Native whole health and well-being. With many years of public sector experience and in partnership with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Health programs, and community members, she works to support creation of Native approaches to health that draw on unique cultural resources, community vision with the engagement of Tribal elected officials.

With the wisdom of lived experience and as a first-generation college graduate, JanMarie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in strategic planning and leadership and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Tribal Governance-management and policy from The Evergreen State College. JanMarie has served as adjunct faculty in the MPA Tribal Governance and General Cohorts at The Evergreen State College and as a guest lecturer on Tribal governance, culture, and health policy topics.

JanMarie also serves on multiple boards and committees to address systemic racism, support equity, and community-driven capacity-building in Indigenous communities and other peoples that have

experienced systemic barriers to health, wealth, and power. She serves on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, co-Chaired the Governor’s Task Force on creating an Office of Equity, the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center Community Advisory Board, and is the current Past President and Chair of the DEI Committee of the Washington State Public Health.

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