Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, is the co-founder of The Capuia Foundation (a nonprofit established to improve access to healthcare, education and agriculture in the African nation of Angola) and chief medical director for Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon, a local branch of the national organization that provides social services throughout the U.S. She earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from The George Washington University and completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In addition to her role as chief medical director for VOA Oregon, she continues her tenure at OHSU as executive director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing and as an assistant professor of Public Psychiatry.
She holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist, and a Portland Business Journal 2016 ’40 Under 40′ honoree.
Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards to include: Oregon Historical Society, I Have a Dream Oregon, recent appointee to the Oregon Health Policy Board Healthcare Workforce Subcommittee, former appointee to the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) which is a board that oversees the Department of Justice’s mandated reform for the Portland Police Bureau, and a former appointee to the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.
An acclaimed leader and speaker, she lists her greatest accomplishment as that of being a wife and mother.
Dr. Capuia was appointed to the Prosper Portland Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2016.