Mary Giliberti, JD has been selected to be the 2016 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities Association’s Impact Award. Mary has been chosen based upon her positive impact on the lives of those living daily with mental health conditions as the Executive Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, NAMI. Thank you Mary for providing a listening ear for so many and for leading the way in mental health education and advocacy through NAMI.
Prior to becoming chief executive officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mary served as a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was the director of public policy and advocacy for federal and state issues at NAMI.
During her 20 plus years in the mental health field, Mary also served as a disability counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and as a senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
Mary earned her B.A. at Harvard College and her J.D. at Yale Law School. She is a native of North Bellmore, N.Y.