Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Lynn Malerba was sworn in as Treasurer of the United States on September 12, 2022.
Chief Malerba is the first Native American to serve as US Treasurer. She also leads the newly established Office of Tribal and Native Affairs.
She became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe in 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 the executive director of Health and Human Services.
Preceding her work for the Mohegan Tribe, Malerba had a lengthy career as a registered nurse, ultimately, as director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale University, where she was named a Jonas Scholar. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Eastern Connecticut State University and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of St. Joseph.
She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Joseph and a diploma in nursing from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing Chief Malerba previously served as the chair of the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee of the Federal Indian Health Service (IHS), a member of the Justice Department’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, a member of the Tribal Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Health, a member of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee.
She also served as the United South and Eastern Tribes Board of Directors Secretary. Locally, she served as a trustee for Chelsea Groton Bank, a Board Member for the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and on the Provost’s Advisory Committee Member for the Harvard University Native American Program.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Chief Malerba received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award at St. Joseph College and the Indian Health Services Nashville Area’s Directors Award for Excellence in 2011.