Dan Schuberth, MPA, MSOD

Nominated by NAMI Alaska
Member, NAMI Juneau
Listen to Dan's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
  • Human capital management including professional experience in human resources and personnel development & management
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived

Job Title or Position:

  • Chief Revenue Officer, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW)

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI Mercer NJ Board of Directors (Member, 2015-2019; President, 2018-2019)

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks
  • NAMI Mercer NJ Annual Walk Chairman (2015-2019)

Other Board Service:

  • Thea’s Star of Hope, NJ (Director, 2017-2020)
  • New Jersey Leadership Program (Engagement of South-Asian Youth in Politics), Advisory Board (Member, 2016-2020)

Public Service:

  • Township of Robbinsville, NJ: Economic Development Advisory Committee (Chair, 2012-2015); Mayor’s Representative, Planning Board (2015-2016); Township Council (Member, 2015-2021; President, 2017-2018)
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights, NJ State Advisory Committee (Member, 2017-2020)

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Non-Profit Advocate

Candidate Strengths Assessment

The candidate indicated they have experience in the following areas that will help NAMI achieve its mission and strategic goals:

  • Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Advocacy, Banking/Trusts/Investments, Financial Management/Accounting, Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation

Estimated years of experience in the above areas:

  • Advocacy- 5 years (NAMI Board Member, City Councilman)
  • Investments- 10 years (active personal investor)
  • Business/Non-Profit Leadership- 15 years (private sector business executive, experience non-profit board member)
  • Financial Management- 2 years (private and non-profit sector financial leadership roles)
  • Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation- 15 years (political and non-profit fundraising)

The candidate indicated they have connections and networks in the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice, Corporate Responsibility, Lobbying, Human Resources/Personnel, Politics/Elected Officials

Additional information about the connections and networks:

  • Criminal Justice- oversight and collaborative relationship with the Robbinsville, NJ Police Department.
  • Corporate Responsibility- C-Suite leader in a national trade association with responsibility for developing direct relationships with the CEOs of America's largest distribution companies.
  • Human Resources- Former corporate Human Resources Director (McMaster-Carr) and current SHRM member.
  • Lobbying- C-Suite leader in a national trade association known as the most effective lobbying organization in Washington for the American distribution industry. Peer working relationship with NAW's Chief Government Relations Officer.
  • Politics/Elected Officials- Former two-term elected official in New Jersey; Finance Committee member of prominent Washington, DC political organization.

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-Oriented, Data Driven, Decisive, Devil's Advocate, Outcome-Oriented, Risk Taker, Team Player

Developing a diverse Board, one composed of individuals with unique backgrounds, experiences, and complimentary skills, is critical to the success of NAMI as we seek to grow our organization and our impact on individuals and families experiencing mental illness. I offer three specific value propositions to the NAMI Board:

Fundraising & Financial Management Expertise- NAMI must grow its revenue in order to grow its impact as America's premier mental health organization. I am eager to put my decades of fundraising and financial management experience to work to support our President & CEO and his development team as they strengthen existing revenue streams and explore new opportunities and partnerships.

Human Capital Management Expertise- NAMI will achieve its mission by building a world-class team of professionals and volunteers. We must also set ambitious goals, develop the skills within our team to achieve those goals, and hold ourselves accountable. I've had the opportunity to build and lead teams in the private, public, and non-profit sectors for the past fifteen years. I believe fundamentally in the power of dedicated, passionate individuals to achieve great things through solid management and the acknowledgement of hard work. I am eager to help NAMI build a world-class team.

Next Generation NAMI- NAMI needs a new generation of leaders to build on the work of our founders, and to carry our message of hope directly to students and young professional who often suffer in silence. I can be one of those next generation leaders for NAMI.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by leading the NAMI Mercer NJ Board of Directors, helping to raise over $600K in support of our mission, and making NAMI a household name in my hometown of Robbinsville, NJ. I raised awareness through the official dedication of May each year as "Mental Health Month" in Robbinsville and eventually every community in Mercer County, and I created a community-based NAMI Walks team with over 100 participants. Our annual NAMI Walk became a cherished event in Robbinsville, and many residents found NAMI in their time of need through our awareness campaign. NAMI must become a household name in communities across America!

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by my track record of accomplishment as President of the 5-member Robbinsville, NJ Township Council and several non-profit boards. In most organizations, little can be achieved without a concerted team effort. Differing opinions must be considered, tactics must be weighed and measured; and once decisions are made, team members must support those decisions as one. I've collaborated with leaders to tackle challenges ranging from public safety to pediatric brain tumor research funding, and I've learned to listen, engage with respect, and be decisive when it's time for action. I will take the same approach as a NAMI Board member.

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