Saunji Fyffe

Director, Capacity Building
Field Advancement

Saunji Fyffe directs strategies that enhance NAMI’s collective value, reach and relationship with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates. This is done through the ongoing design, delivery and evaluation of efforts that stabilize and grow NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates in these areas: governance, ethics, community partnerships, learning and development, technical assistance and resource development.

Prior to joining NAMI, Saunji was a researcher at the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy where she worked on projects that focused on building government and nonprofit organizational capacity and on evaluating the effectiveness of social programs.

What do you wish more people knew about NAMI?

Raising awareness of issues related to race, culture and bias is a critical component when addressing mental health. An important part of our work is strengthening and developing community partnerships that can help reduce mental health disparities and improve outcomes for people of color.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress, winning in New York in 1968 and retiring from office in 1983. She campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, but is best known for her work on several Congressional committees throughout her career. 

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