D’Paul Nibber, JD

D’Paul is a seasoned public health professional with a sincere passion for service and uplifting those who face the greatest adversity.

At the Horizon Foundation, D’Paul shares in the organization’s commitment to grassroots advocacy, engaging individuals and organizations across Howard County to promote health. His work will reinforce several of the Foundation’s issue campaigns including Howard County Health Justice (health services for uninsured mothers and children), Streets for All (Complete Streets), and Mental Health Matters (school-based mental health services) – all with a focus on equity.

Prior to joining the Horizon Foundation, D’Paul had advocated for public health reform at every level of government, having served in both state and local government, himself. As the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Baltimore City Health Department, his advocacy helped shape numerous laws including expanding substance use disorder treatment in correctional facilities, providing additional tobacco cessation options in Baltimore City, and increasing funding for core public health programs across all of Maryland’s counties. More recently, D’Paul worked as an Associate Director for Legislative Affairs for the Maryland Association of Counties, where he oversaw the organization’s health and human services portfolio. Previously, D’Paul had held positions with the Maryland General Assembly, American Diabetes Association, Center for Medicare Advocacy, and Children’s Defense Fund.

D’Paul holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he received a certificate in health law and policy, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Government and Politics and Economics from the University of Maryland.

In his spare time, D’Paul has served as a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program since 2014. He also tutors with Reading Partners, having missed only one year since 2015.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • The deep commitment to green, open, and public space.
  • Finding the most diverse, authentic, and delicious cuisine in the most unassuming strip malls.
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and every corner of the world.

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

I’ve seen too many friends, family members, and neighbors struggle emotionally, physically, and financially due to a single health-related episode. By eliminating health as a potential obstacle, I want to ensure everyone can live their best life.