NAMI Celebrates Extraordinary Record Of Growth & Announces New Leadership

Veteran Mental Health Advocate Named Acting CEO

Apr 24 2019

Arlington, VA – NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, has announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Mary Giliberti, effective today, as she departs to pursue more time with her family.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the NAMI community,” said Mary Giliberti.  “With NAMI's growth has come long hours and travel, and with my children finishing middle and high school it is time for me to devote more time to family.  I leave  NAMI knowing it is in outstanding hands for continued growth and success.”

Under Giliberti’s tenure as CEO beginning January 2014, NAMI has enjoyed steady growth in its programs, advocacy and cause-focused public awareness through a nearly 75% increase in its funding base. During this time, NAMI expanded the reach of its peer-led education and support, making it possible to help more individuals, families, and communities—particularly younger and more diverse audiences.

NAMI has also amplified its advocacy—fighting for the resources and respect everyone deserves. The NAMI voice is a strong force that policymakers and thought leaders respect. NAMI has grown its digital influence with over half a million social media followers and enjoys the greatest share of voice among mental health organizations.

“Leading NAMI to this point is a great achievement and these results reflect Mary’s dedication, passion, and perseverance,” stated Adrienne Kennedy, NAMI Board President. “For forty years, NAMI has worked to build better lives for people affected by mental illness. Mary’s work in this pursuit has propelled the mental health movement forward in unprecedented ways. We sincerely appreciate her contributions and wish her well.”

Angela Kimball, NAMI national director of advocacy and public policy, has been named by the NAMI Board of Directors to serve as acting CEO. Kimball will lead an executive management team of internal leadership to ensure the organization continues its successful trajectory of growth and impact.

Angela Kimball is a proven leader with an impressive ten-year career at both the national and local levels of NAMI. Her extensive knowledge of mental health policy and appreciation for the experiences of individuals and families living with mental illness will be incredibly valuable as the organization continues its important mission.

“Our Executive Team, with Angela leading the way, has the full support of the Board. We are confident this exemplary team will allow our important mission to continue uninterrupted,” Kennedy continued. “We are excited for the leadership capacity that we know Angela and the team bring for continuing the momentum and advancing NAMI even further.”