Darlene J. Curley, MS, RN

CEO, Jonas Family Fund & Executive Director, Jonas Center

Darlene J. Curley, MS, RN, FAAN is CEO of the Jonas Family Fund, investing grants in high need areas of nursing & veterans’ healthcare, low vision and blindness, and children’s environmental health. Curley is Executive Director of the Jonas Center. Since 2009, she has forged partnerships with 40 National funders and more than 140 leading academic and healthcare organizations, to develop the signature program: 1,000 Doctoral Nursing Scholars in all 50 States addressing the nation’s critical shortage of nursing faculty and primary care leaders.

Ms. Curley was elected to the Maine State Legislature in 2002 and responsible for negotiation and oversight of an $8 billion state budget as a member of the appropriations committee. The Governor appointed her to the National Conference of State Legislatures charged with increasing healthcare access, improving quality, and reducing costs with legislative leaders from across the country.  In 2006, she was a Congressional candidate in Maine’s 1st district.

Previously, Curley was the Founder and CEO of a Medicare certified home health and medical staffing agency serving five rural counties in western and northern Maine, creating jobs for 100 health care providers.  As National Director of Strategic Planning for HealthSouth she was responsible for health system mergers and acquisitions in all 50 states.  

In 2013 she received the Second Century Award for Excellence in Healthcare from Columbia University, and in 2015 was named a Visionary Pioneer at the University of Maryland. At the National Academy of Sciences, she is a member of the Global Forum for Innovation in Health Professional Education, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and New York Academy of Medicine. She is a frequent speaker and author on topics of healthcare philanthropy, healthy policy & finance, and workforce development including op-eds in Politico and the L.A. Times. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds a M.S. from the University of Maryland.