Senior Manager, Field Advocacy
Advocacy and Public Policy
Jessica Hart is a committed advocate for all people affected by mental illness. She oversees advocacy communications for NAMI including blogs, news items, social media and grassroots memos. She co-authored three reports on mental health legislation and led communication efforts on campaigns defending against harmful changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, #Act4MentalHealth and advocating for passage of mental health reform.
Previously, Jessica worked as an aide for a state senator in Massachusetts, a policy aide for NAMI Massachusetts and a legislative associate for a legislative monitoring and lobbying firm. Jessica has her Master of Social Work from Boston College and a B.A. in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine.
What piece of your work at NAMI are you most proud of?
In 2016, I was fortunate enough to lead advocacy communications for a grassroots campaign supporting mental health reform. I am so proud of our committed members, who sent a message to Congress with a whopping 150,000 emails, 220,000 petition signatures and thousands of phone calls that resulted in the passage mental health reform as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Who inspires you?
I am energized by people who work to change the world for the better. One of my favorites is Mr. Rogers, who left us with a quote that I think reflects our NAMI family, “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet—how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
Oh, and Beyoncé. Beyoncé inspires me.