Mari Alexander


Mari Alexander, PA, LMFT works as a licensed psychotherapist as well as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant. She has focused on the inter-relationships of mind, body, and culture in her educational and professional experiences.  Mari completed her certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology at Portland State University and her certification in Intercultural Communication at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon. In addition, she has taken extensive training in Non-Violent Communication and Racism, Equity and Inclusion through the People’s Institute and the Center for Equity and Inclusion. Mari is on the faculty of the Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program at Portland Community College focusing on Mutuality and Inclusion through an IPNB lens. She has also been a consultant and trainer in Cultural Competency, Unconscious Bias, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Racism for health care and mental health providers and students for 15 years. Presently she is co-leading workshops on Embodied Liberation and Racial Justice.

Mari has worked internationally in European and African countries as a clinician, researcher and cross-cultural trainer.  She is president of a small non-profit organization focused on decreasing maternal mortality, “Safe Passage to Motherhood”, in SW Kenya.  She is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for GAINS.  Her desire is to further her learning and impact in integration of mind, body and culture within the framework of Interpersonal Neurobiology with the guiding light to expand equity as we team across differences.