Jay Redd, Esq.

Nominated by NAMI Mercer NJ
Member, NAMI Mercer NJ
Listen to Jay'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
  • Legal and risk management
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived

Job Title or Position:

  • Director at Gibbons P.C.

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI Mercer NJ Board of Directors (Member, 8 years)

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks

Other Board Service:

  • Rutgers University, Board of Governors (Member, 2003-2004)
  • Rutgers University, Board of Trustees (Member, 2001-2003)

Public Service:

  • Trenton School Board (2011-2017)

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Other Professional

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, Criminal Justice, Law, Business/Nonprofit Administration

Estimated years of experience in the above areas:

  • Advocacy: 15
  • Nonprofit Administration/Leadership: 10
  • Criminal Justice: 6
  • Law: 14

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

  • Criminal Justice, Legal/Law, Social Media, Lobbying, Military/Veterans, Politics/Elected Officials

Additional information about the connections and networks:

  • I am an attorney and registered lobbyist in New Jersey and with the Federal Government. I have worked with CJ reform and military and veterans issues.

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-Oriented, Consensus Builder, Peacemaker, Process Thinker, Team Player

I have used my skills to meet people where they are and increase individuals' knowledge of mental illness. In my community, I ensured that we took a holistic look at education that included mental health. As an advisor to policymakers, I used my legal skills to craft policies that promoted greater access to services and ensured that mental health a key component of health policy. As an individual, I have done my best to tell my story and discuss mental health with all who seek to learn more.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by serving as a connector to educational institutions within my community.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by the relationships established through collective efforts and the successes we have achieved and will achieve in reducing the stigma of mental illness.

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