Chief Executive Officer
Senior Leadership Team
Mary Giliberti became CEO of NAMI in 2014 after considering the learnings in two books: A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg. She realized her purpose in her 20+ year career has been to fight for fairness and equality for people with mental illness, and NAMI would be the best place to continue that work.
Mary attended Yale Law School and represented adults and children with mental illness through the clinical law program. She then clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitz and received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, where she remained for almost a decade. She then worked as disability counsel to the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions committee before joining NAMI as director of state and federal policy in 2006. Before returning to NAMI as CEO, she worked as section chief at the Office for Civil Rights.
Mary considers it a great privilege to serve the members of NAMI as Chief Executive Officer and makes it a priority to answer HelpLine calls on a regular basis.
What do you wish more people knew about NAMI?
I wish more people knew that NAMI is about empowering people. First, we empower through support and information—so people can make better decisions about their own or their family member’s mental health care. Second, we empower everyone to make a difference by teaching, advocating, fighting stigma and supporting others.
What’s something about you that would surprise others?
People may be surprised to learn that I have taken up meditation, after several of our members recommended the practice to me. Sitting in one place, quietly reflecting, is not my usual state of being, which is why I thought it was wise to begin this daily practice.