Dr. Marla Weston is the chief executive officer of both the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and a recognized nurse leader with more than 30 years diverse management experience in health care operations. Prior to joining ANA in 2009, she served at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA), first as program director in the Office of Nursing Services, and then as deputy chief officer in the agency’s Workforce Management and Consulting Office. At the VHA, she oversaw policies, programs, and initiatives that provided support for VHA employees and was responsible for improving nurse retention and promoting nursing as an attractive career choice. Weston also served four years as the executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association. During her tenure, membership in the association increased by 24 percent and revenues rose by 109 percent. Dr. Weston has been widely recognized for her leadership for nurses, including being inducted as a member in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2012.