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Louise Nieto

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, CA

Double Major/B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Family and Human Development, University of Utah

Louise has over 20 years of clinical leadership experience within behavioral health, healthcare, and government organizations. Her work spans three states, Washington, Oregon, and California, and includes the implementation of regional and statewide programs to support Medicaid Transformation, integration of behavioral health in schools and healthcare settings, as well as workforce expansion initiatives to promote Behavioral Health Peers and Promotores (Community Health Workers). As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she is an analytical systems thinker and provides a unique perspective, particularly in service to marginalized populations in communities— those who are uninsured and un(der)employed, families and youth without permanent housing, and others who experience stigma or unequal access to health and human services.

As a clinician, Louise has provided treatment to individuals, families, and youth in diverse settings—from within schools, and community agencies, to both inpatient and outpatient clinical environments. She has mentored Therapists of Color, worked in private practice and hospice care, and edited for The Therapist (a San Diego) magazine. These collective experiences have helped to inform her technical expertise and leadership style to effectively engage partners, identifying and drawing on the strengths within people to implement projects and programs within communities, clinical settings, and government administration.