Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, DPS
Katherine Gottlieb joined Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in 1987 and has served at the helm of the organization since 1991. She is a tribal member of the village of Old Harbor, a tribal member and elected tribal council member for Seldovia Village Tribe, and an honorary member of the Native Village of Eklutna.
Under Gottlieb’s direction and guidance, SCF has become a leader among the nation’s health care organizations.
She is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Medical School, was a founding board member of Cook Inlet Native Head Start, served on the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents, Alaska Pacific University Trustee emeritus, and is active at the national level in Alaska Native and American Indian policy issues.
In 2004, she was a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Award.” She is also the recipient of the 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award presented by the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. For 2016, she was presented the Indian Health Service National Director Award.
In 2016 she received an honorary doctoral degree, doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from the University of Alaska Anchorage in recognition of her leadership in transforming health care services for Alaska Native people. In 2005, she received an honorary doctoral degree, a doctor of public service, honoris causa, from Alaska Pacific University in recognition of her extraordinary public service.