Chief Innovation Officer
Office of Strategy & Impact
Darcy Gruttadaro is leading the innovation team in their work advancing NAMI’s strategic goals by addressing the mental health needs of youth and young adults; developing and highlighting effective justice diversion initiatives; and focusing on cross-cultural innovation and engagement. She will also be leading our efforts around workplace mental health with NAMI’s StigmaFree initiative and related work.
Before returning to NAMI in 2022, Darcy directed the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), Center for Workplace Mental Health. In that leadership role, she expanded the Center’s national reach through new strategic partnerships and by creating a broad array of high impact tools, trainings and resources for public and private organizations in diverse industries. Darcy’s outstanding work was recognized with the 2020 APA Leadership Award.
Darcy is pleased to be returning to NAMI, where she previously served in multiple senior level roles, including leading NAMI’s work on the mental health needs of youth, young adults and their families and serving as Director of Public Policy.
Darcy started her career practicing law at the Harris Beach law firm concentrating her practice on health care, mental health and related issues.
What Piece of Your Work at NAMI Are You Most Proud Of
I am proud of our work on innovation as the mental health movement reaches new heights. I am also proud that NAMI continues to lead the way. It is the right time to be focused on innovative and effective approaches to improving the lives of people impacted by mental illness. We can do better, and I am proud to be working on how. All this as our movement keeps growing with new and diverse strategic partners and offering new opportunities.
Who Inspires You
The tireless advocates that fight every day to end stigma and discrimination and instill hope, health and community for all.
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