Director, Field Advocacy
Advocacy and Public Policy
Hannah Wesolowski directs NAMI’s advocacy strategy, working with NAMI state organizations and affiliates to identify and cultivate advocacy leaders and provide resources to help advocates promote NAMI policy priorities.
Prior to working at NAMI, Hannah worked at the Public Affairs Council, providing support to leading associations and nonprofit advocacy groups to build grassroots advocacy programs. She also previously led political advocacy efforts at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and developed engagement efforts at the American Institute of Architects.
She proudly brings her experience in capacity-building and advocate development to NAMI to help give people with mental illness and their families a voice in the legislative process.
What do you wish more people knew about NAMI?
I wish more people knew the incredible scope of NAMI—present in nearly 900 communities. There are few organizations that have that extensive of a presence, which means NAMI’s grassroots can be a powerful voice in policymaking.
Who inspires you?
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” –Brené Brown
I am inspired by people who live this mantra. That includes people who speak out against injustice, like Malala Yousafzai, who dared to go to school and now fights for so many young women around the world. It also includes so many NAMI advocates I’ve met, who have the courage to share their lived experience and fight for a better for future.