Maureen Schafer

Executive Director

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Maureen Schafer is the Chief of Staff for the UNLV School of Medicine. Since 2014, UNLV Medicine’s three (3) year launch, Ms. Schafer has supported infrastructure development towards a successful LCME provisional accreditation, a charter class of 60 students representing 22% diversity, secured more than $150 million in state, local and private funding support and transitioned a faculty practice plan and GME program that in total represents a School of over 850 employees and an estimated $140 million operation. Schafer also leads the Council for a Better Nevada, a CEO leadership organization who address issues such as revenue policy, transportation, judicial reform, K-12 / higher education progress, campaign finance reform and other infrastructure needs that positively impact quality of life for all Nevadans. Previously, Ms. Schafer served as the Chief Emerging Business Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Nevada after leading the non-profit Keep Memory Alive’s (KMA) $74 million acquisition by the Cleveland Clinic while serving as KMA’s Chief Executive Officer. Schafer has served on two U.S. House Congressional campaigns as political director and as a senior aide to a Nevada State Senator. Ms. Schafer carries extensive experience in the commercial real estate sector with a focus on commercial, retail and entertainment projects and the hospitality sector, having spent an early part of her career with the Four Seasons Hotel Company.  

Ms. Schafer participates in various community & social board engagements. Current affiliations include the Stanford Center for Longevity and the Leadership Council for Conservation International. Past engagements include a founding Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, the Agassi Preparatory Academy Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Nevada Community Foundation, where under her leadership the Foundation’s endowment grew from $13 million to $150 million. 

Ms. Schafer holds a BS and an MBA from the George Washington University.

Personal interests include travel, gardening and sports. Ms. Schafer was a competitive college athlete in soccer and rowing and has competed as an ultra-marathoner and IRONMAN triathlete.