The De Paul Team

photo of Maree Wacker, MPP

Maree Wacker, MPP

Chief Executive Officer

Maree Wacker is a recognized leader with 20 years of experience in non-profit management.

Wacker serves as the CEO of De Paul Treatment Centers and joined the organization in 2014.  In her capacity as CEO, she leads 160 employees across three locations who provide substance abuse addiction and mental health treatment services to over 2,400 adults, youth, and their families annually.  Maree shares leadership with a 12 member Board of Directors for the 40-year-old nonprofit.

Prior to De Paul, Maree served as the Regional CEO of the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross.  In her capacity at the Red Cross, Maree was responsible for six local chapters in Oregon and Southwest Washington working with the local boards and executive directors and over 2,000 employees and volunteers.  She also served on the organization’s national marketing advisory and preparedness committees. She was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to the Task Force for implementation of the Oregon Resilience Plan.

Wacker has raised more than $110 million in her professional career. Other accomplishments include raising $14.5 million to build a new Children’s Museum of Richmond (Virginia) which was named one of the best children’s museums in the country from Child Magazine. She also provided leadership for the first capital campaign for the order of Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon while serving as the executive director of the organization’s foundation and grew the foundation’s assets from $2 to more than $9 million in four years.

Wacker earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, where she was a fellow and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington State University.  She is a graduate of Leadership Portland (2007) and served as the Board Chair of the Sherwood Education Foundation from 2006-2008.