Marla Salmon
ScD, Johns Hopkins University
MSN, University of Portland

Marla Salmon is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Governance, and Professor of Nursing and Global Health at the University of Washington.  She is former dean of both the University of Washington and Emory University Schools of Nursing, and has worked in health-related academic, policy, and practice settings over the course of her career. Her career has focused on health workforce policy and capacity building in both global and US contexts, working with governments, international agencies and other health–related entities. Her recent work focuses on social finance and enterprise in the health sector, particularly with respect to opportunities for investment in nursing and midwifery as means for strengthening health systems, empowering women, and providing decent work and career possibilities for poor and marginalized people. She is also engaged in work focusing on women in governance roles.

Salmon has served in leadership and advisory roles, including in the US Department of Health and Human Services serving in the Senior Executive Service.  Her roles there included directing the Division of Nursing and serving as the government’s chief nursing officer. Other policy leadership roles include serving as a member of the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform (Clinton Administration) and member of the US delegation to the World Health Assembly.  Salmon has also served as a member of the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Committee for the Institute of Nursing Research and as member of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.  She has also consulted with international organizations and agencies, including the World Bank, the Commonwealth, CARICOM, and the World Health Health Organization, as well as individual countries and their ministries of health.

Salmon has held governance and advisory board roles across sectors and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Grifols, Inc. and IESAbroad. Her past board experience includes service as Trustee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; member of the Board of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, and Sigma Theta Tau, International.

Salmon holds a doctorate in health policy and administration from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, degrees in political science and nursing from the University of Portland, two honorary degrees, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne (Germany) and a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. Salmon is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Marla Salmon's biography is available through the School of Nursing website.

Professional Title: 
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Governance; Professor, University of Washington Department of Global Health
Recent Publications: 
  • Salmon, M., Contributions of Nursing and Midwifery Enterprises to Achievement of Human Resources for Health Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. International Council of Nurses Policy Brief for National Nursing Associations. December, 2015.
  • Salmon, M., Maeda, A. (in press, 2016). Investing in Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise to Empower Women and Strengthen Health Services and Systems: An Emerging Global Body of Work, Nursing Outlook, anticipated publication date, January, 2016.
  • Krubiner, C., Salmon, M., Synowiec, C., Lagomarsino, G. (in press, 2016). Investing in Nursing and Enterprise: Empowering women and strengthening health systems - Summary of a Landscaping Study of Innovations in Low and Middle Income Countries. Nursing Outlook, anticipated publication date, January, 2016.