Tim Mathern, Director of Public Policy

In his position as Director of Public Policy and Nonprofit Development, Tim Mathern works with government agencies and nonprofit organizations with regard to public policy concerns of Prairie St. John’s. Tim has been a North Dakota State Senator since 1986 and has more than 30 years experience as a Social Worker and agency administrator in the nonprofit sector. He is well equipped to guide Prairie St. John’s efforts with regards to public policy. “My professional goals are to work with others in creating a world where each person has access to affordable, timely health care and to assure there is proper reimbursement to health care providers so that comprehensive services are available. Like other illnesses,mental illness and addictions can be treated and we need clear public policy to ensure treatment is available. Every person has intrinsic worth. Sometimes, mental illness or addictions make it difficult for this intrinsic worth to shine. At Prairie, we have the opportunity to help our patients discover their worth and experience a life of improved mental health and freedom from addiction.”


  • Master’s Degree: Public Administration, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Master’s degree: Social Work, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Sociology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND


  • ND Board of Social Work, LCSW

Board Activities

  • Bush Foundation
  • Wellspring for the World
  • University of North Dakota Medical School
  • Advisory Council
  • Commission on National and Community Service


  • Council of State Governments
  • Mental Health America
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • North Dakota Farmer’s Union


  • Courage Award, ND Peace Coalition
  • Cupler Award for Lifetime Community Commitment, Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation
  • Littauer Fellow Award, Leadership & Community Service, Harvard University
  • Legislator of the Year, Mental Health America of ND
  • Legislator of the Year, ND Association of Community Facilities
  • Award for Excellence & Public Service, University of Nebraska
  • Legislator of the Year, North Dakota Children’s Caucus
  • Prairie Peacemaker Award, ND Peace Coalition
  • Outstanding Legislator, ND Public Employees Association
  • Bush Leadership Fellowship
  • Life Time Service Award, 100th Year Celebration of Social Work, NASW
  • Friend of Guidance & Counseling Award, ND Counseling Association
  • Nano Nagle Award, Presentation Sisters
  • Public Service Award, ND Conference of Social Welfare
  • Appreciation Award, People Escaping Poverty Project
  • Outstanding Service Award, ARC of Cass County
  • Ruth Meier Award, Mental Health Association of ND
  • Child Victims Advocate Award, Alliance for Sexual Abuse Prevention & Treatment
  • Friend of Psychology Award, North Dakota Psychology Association
  • ND Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

Prairie St John’s – Tim Mathern