Marla E. Salmon

Position: Director

Type: Independent

First appointment: 30/05/14

Last appointment: 25/05/18


Ms. Marla E. Salmon has served as director of Grifols, S.A. since May 2014. She is Professor at the University of Washington, with appointments in global health, nursing, and public affairs. Her career has focused on health policy and health care systems capacity building globally and in the US, working with governments, international agencies, member-state organizations, and other health–related entities. Her recent scholarship focuses on gender-lens impact investment in the health sector in lower income countries.

Prior to her academic career, she was a member of the US Government's Senior Executive Service, in the Health and Human Services Department. While there, she served on White House Taskforce on Healthcare Reform, the US Delegation to the World Health Assembly, and chaired the World Health Organization's Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery.

She is currently a member of the IES Abroad, Inc. Board of Directors, of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's Health and Medicine Division Committee.

She holds a doctorate in health policy and administration from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, two Honoris Causa doctorates in recognition of her national and international service, and other degrees in nursing and political science. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.