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Mr. Gillison brings expertise in non-profit leadership and a passion for advocating for people with mental illness to NAMI. Before coming to NAMI, he led the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), where he was responsible for strategic planning, personnel management, board communications, oversight of APAF’s public education programs and formulating strategic alliances and partnerships to further APAF's mission.
Prior to APAF, Mr. Gillison led County Solutions and Innovation for the National Association of Counties (NACo) where he was instrumental in repositioning the organization's programs to provide expertise in health and human services, justice and public safety.
Mr. Gillison has more than 30 years of experience and has previously held leadership positions at Xerox, Nextel and Sprint. He holds a B.A. from Southern University and A&M College.