Amanda Lipp, 26, is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and speaker specializing in mental health care, nonprofit development, and multimedia.
Since age 19, Amanda has given over 150 speeches across the U.S., and produced over 20 short films promoting causes through stories. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 2014, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Amanda co-designed the first U.S. hosted 7th International “Together Against Stigma” Conference co-hosted by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the California Mental Health Services Act (CalMHSA), and the California Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA). Over 750 attendees from over 17 countries came together to share health best-practices and global innovations. In 2014, Amanda founded Lipp & Associates, a consulting and full service media production firm specializing in documentary film productions, social marketing strategy, and multimedia curricula development. Signature projects have included a documentary video series about youth psychosis with Columbia University, OnTrackNY and Strong365; comic book resources about peer-to-peer support with Felton Institute of San Francisco; and national training for President Obama’s Now Is The Time (NITT) federal grantees. Amanda also works as a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS), a national technical assistance center supporting grantees of state and federal funding across the U.S. Amanda is a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health agency in the country, and a board advisor for Strong 365 and Art With Impact (AWI).
Amanda’s passion working in mental health, education, and storytelling, began with her experience of psychosis and hospitilization her freshman year of college. Since then she has been on a mission to create innovative products and lead with her peers. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and drawing.