2023 Public Policy Distinguished Alumni Award: Chief Lynn Malerba, MPA ‘08

Photo of Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Chief Lynn Malerba, Chief of the Moheghan Tribe and U.S. Treasurer

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe on August 15, 2010 and is the first female Chief in the Tribe’s modern history. The position is a lifetime appointment made by the Tribe’s Council of Elders.

Prior to becoming Chief, she served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and served in Tribal Government as Executive Director of Health and Human Services.

Preceding her work for the Mohegan Tribe, Malerba had a career as a registered nurse, ultimately as the Director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. She was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in science from Eastern Connecticut State University and an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. Malerba earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale University and was named a Jonas Scholar, a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA ’08) from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Joseph.

Lynn was appointed by President Biden and is currently serving as the Treasurer of the United States.