reiser Jim Reiser

Nominated by NAMI Gainesville (FL)
Member, NAMI Gainesville (FL)
Listen to Jim's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI Board of Directors (Member, 2019 - 2022)
  • NAMI Gainesville Board of Directors (Member, 2012 - 2022)
  • NAMI New York City Metro Board of Directors (Member, 1995 - 2001)
  • NAMI Georgia Board of Directors (Member, 1990 - 1994)
  • NAMI Cobb Board of Directors (Member, 1988 - 1994; President, 1989 - 1994)

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Family & Friends, NAMI Family Support Group, NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks

Other Board Service:

  • Consultant to many NYC non-profits, including Harlem United and The Fortune Society (2000-2006)

Public Service

  • Asst Mgr. Developmental Disabilities, DHEW, Region 5, Chicago (1973 - 1977)

Relationship to Mental Health:

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

Candidate Strengths Assessment

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

  • Advocacy, Business/Nonprofit Administration, Financial Management/Accounting


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

  • Corporate Responsibility, Lobbying

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-oriented, Data Driven, Innovator, Outcome-oriented, Risk Taker, Team Player

Candidate Narrative

From: Jim Reiser 34 years ago a volunteer affiliate in Marietta Georgia saved me from abandoning my brother. My NAMI passion derives from their support and advice. I am running for re-election to continue to be the advocate on the Board for local affiliates, especially volunteer run. Almost half of the 600 affiliates are volunteer run. I believe volunteers are the heart and muscle of our movement. Affiliates span a wide range of financial, programmatic, and volunteer strength. NAMI National is blessed with both strong financial health and an expert staff and could do more to strengthen the field and thereby the Alliance. First off, National could provide financial incentives to volunteer run and other in-need affiliates to continue to provide certified education and support to those in need. As the Alliance advances to a more Federated System, a policy of revenue sharing should be established. Donors should have the opportunity to earmark part of their national donation for their local NSO or affiliate. This policy will help mitigate the unfortunate mistrust in the field. The excellent NAMI IT Dept. should continue to improve our communication systems, Virtual TT, and seminars. Virtual training could be expanded to include best practices in fundraising and in grant-writing. Lastly, scientific research has repeatedly shown the critical value of intensive follow-up coverage (family psycho-ed. & ACT) in preventing psychotic relapses. NAMI should lead a national initiative to certify recovered peers as intensive case managers. If elected, I welcome your input.

I have organized buses of families, peers, and providers to attend mental health days in the state capitals of Albany, NY (while on NYC Board) 1996,97,98 Buses of same constituency in Tallahassee, Florida 2017-18 (while on Gainesville board) Presented testimony to City of Gainesville 2016,17 and Alachua County 2018, 22.

While on NAMI New York City Metro Board was able to move board to appeal to NY state office of Mental Health to include Family Psycho-education as “Preferred Intervention”. 1998 While on Georgia Board, Georgia governor appointed me to State Committee to Revamp Georgia Dept of Mental Health. 1990-92.

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