NAMI Southwestern Pennsyvlania is pleased to share the news that its national NAMI organization, located in Arlington, Va., announced the appointment of Mary Giliberti as the new Executive Director.
Giliberti has served as a Section Chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 2008. She previously served
for three years as NAMI’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for federal and
She also has served as Disability Counsel for the Senate Committee on Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions and senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for
Mental Health Law. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
After graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
“Mary has had a long and distinguished career advocating for individuals and
families living with mental illness,"
said NAMI National Board President Keris Jän Myrick.
“She was selected after an extensive search informed by many NAMI grassroots
leaders and others.
“We are excited by the vision, energy and collaborative style she will bring
to NAMI’s mission as we begin a new chapter in its 35-year history.”
NAMI previously, Giliberti was a co-author of NAMI’s Grading the States reports in
2006 and 2009.
“NAMI is a powerful agent for change in the mental health care system. Our
greatest resource is our people,” Giliberti said.
“I am honored to become executive director at a time when new opportunities
are arising for our movement to make a difference. NAMI will be at the forefront
of education, support and advocacy
to improve treatment and life outcomes for people living with mental
Giliberti will assume her duties on Jan. 2. She succeeds Michael
Fitzpatrick, who a year ago announced his intention to step down as executive
director at the end of 2013.
“NAMI is grateful to Mike for his leadership over the past 10 years, a time
of major progress and challenges,” said Myrick. “He has provided a steady hand
and is leaving NAMI well-positioned to continue the fight.”
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to
building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through recovery focused support, education and advocacy.