Glenda Wrenn Gordon, MD, MSHP

Nominated by NAMI Georgia
Member, NAMI DeKalb
Listen to Glenda'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
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived

Job Title or Position:

  • Medical Director of Clinical Integration, Mindoula

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks
  • NAMI Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainer (2 years)

Other Board Service:

  • WellCare, Provider Advisory Committee (Member, 2018-present)
  • Georgia Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board (Member, 2018-present)
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance, Board of Directors (Member, 2017-present)
  • Substance Abuse Research Alliance (SARA) (Executive Committee, 2016-present)
  • Mental Health America, Georgia, Board of Directors (Member, 2015-present; Vice President, 2016-2017)
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Policy and Law, Board of Trustees (Member, 2015-present)
  • Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, Board of Trustees (Member, 2016-2018)
  • Mercy Care, Board of Directors (Member, 2014-2019)
  • Skyland Trail, Professional Advisory Board (Member, 2015-present)
  • PsychArmor, Board of Directors (Member, 2017-2018)
  • National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Advisory Board (Member, 2017-2019)
  • The Medi Awards, National Advisory Board (Member, 2015-2018)

Public Service:

  • HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Member, 2016-2020)
  • VA Secretary's Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (Member, 2017-2020)

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Individual with first-person experience of mental health condition; Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Provider/mental health practitioner/employee in the field

Candidate Strengths Assessment

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

  • Adult Education, Advocacy, Mental Health Service/Support, Research/Academia, Medicine, Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation, Program Research/Evaluation

Estimated years of experience in the above areas:

  • I have 15 years’ experience in research academia/program evaluation/mental health/advocacy/adult education and medicine. My experience with philanthropy has been over the past 10 years.

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

  • Philanthropy, Military/Veterans, Politics/Elected Officials

Additional information about the connections and networks:

  • While I have loose ties to many of these domains, my strongest connections are with the ones listed.

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-Oriented, Data Driven, Decisive, Outcome-Oriented, Risk Averse, Innovator, Team Player

I will use my expertise in health equity, diversity and inclusion to support NAMI in reflecting the population it serves as well as engaging communities of color in the work of NAMI. My background in community-based participatory research and community-engaged mental health initiatives will help advise the organization as it sets strategy and plans initiatives that intent to activate communities of color. One of my valuable qualities is an extensive professional and personal network, which I will maximally leverage to advance the mission of NAMI.

I regularly refer my patients and families impacted by mental illness to NAMI and its programs (NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI In Our Own Voice). I have dedicated my career to reducing the stigma of mental illness and elevating the dignity of people impacted by these conditions through my clinical, research, and organizational roles. I serve my local community as well as communities throughout the US through national efforts. I have regularly directly engaged NAMI leadership in national policy initiatives.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by convening a national advisory board that represented a diverse group of stakeholders and the leadership of major advocacy and professional organizations as founding director of a mental health policy center; service on numerous advisory committees and Boards to impact mental health equity, outcomes, access, quality, and funding.

I am known for my strength as a system-thinker, action-oriented problem solver, and taking near-consensus solutions and translating them to decisive action. I have worked with CEOs, politicians, community leaders, and professionals individually as well as within groups. To each of these settings I bring my listening skills and servant-leadership to focus on a goal and develop a collective action plan.

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