Washington State University Health Sciences and the WSU Foundation are pleased to announce Nicole Pratapas will serve as vice chancellor for advancement beginning May 8.
“I am honored to be joining our high-caliber team and look forward to partnering to help advance the important work of the Health Sciences at WSU as we educate the next generation of health care professionals, conduct the necessary research to address the health care concerns of the communities we serve and collaborate with partners to develop and deploy the care delivery models needed to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients,” said Pratapas.
Most recently, Pratapas oversaw the fundraising strategy for the Heart and Vascular and Neuroscience Institutes at the Swedish Foundation in Seattle. Prior to her time at the Swedish Foundation, she spent more than 20 years in health care, health education, and health research fundraising, which included significant fundraising and relationship-building successes with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, the University of North Carolina Medical Foundation, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Pratapas is widely recognized as a team-oriented, collaborative, and energetic leader, which is no surprise to those who knew her as a member of WSU’s women’s Jv8 National Champion crew in 1995. She credits her rowing experience at WSU for establishing her value of teamwork and her passion for supporting her team members toward the achievement of individual and shared goals.
A long-time resident of Spokane and proud Coug with a degree in broadcast journalism, Pratapas is thrilled to be bringing together her two passions: WSU and transformative philanthropy.