Kim M. Nolte, MPH, MCHES (she/her/ella) joined MCN in 2023 as Chief Executive Officer. She has extensive experience working at the global, national, state, and community levels focusing on changing systems, policies, and programs to improve the health and well-being of communities.
Nolte began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala working with Maya Indians. She saw firsthand how civil war, poverty, lack of education, chronic malnutrition, and limited access to health care adversely affected children, families, communities, and an entire country. It was that two-year experience that transformed her life and ignited her passion for social justice and public health.
Nolte earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from Boston University and her Master of Public Health in International Health and Maternal Child Healthcare from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Nolte served as CEO of the state-level nonprofit, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, founded by actor, philanthropist, and activist Jane Fonda. Nolte was the impetus and leader behind the first state-level collective impact initiative in the US to tackle teen pregnancy through policy and systems change resulting in Georgia’s teen birth rate decreasing by one-third in five years.
Nolte worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading a national teen pregnancy prevention initiative. Lessons learned and successes from that initiative were the foundation for President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Nolte is fluent in Spanish and has studied Latin, Italian, Portuguese, and Mam, a Maya Indian language. She has lived in Spain and Guatemala. Nolte continues to visit her Peace Corps village to spend time with the Maya families who profoundly influenced and forever changed her life.