Director, Legislative Affairs
Advocacy and Public Policy
Andrew Sperling has been Director of Legislative and Policy Advocacy at NAMI since 1996. In that role, he oversees NAMI’s federal policy agenda in Congress and before federal agencies. He also serves as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and as co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force. Andrew received his B.A. from Tulane University, his M.A. from The George Washington University and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
What piece of your work at NAMI are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being part of the successful passage of three pieces of federal legislation:
1) The Medicare Modernization Act that established the Medicare Part D program,
2) The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and
3) The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired every time I attend a NAMI state conference and interact with NAMI members and learn about their experiences living with mental illness.