Amanda Lipp, 26, is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, and speaker. She is the director of Lipp Studios, a media production firm focused on mental health, community and philanthropy; Founder and Director of The Giving Gallery, an online art gallery start-up that supports mental health nonprofits; and Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions, a technical assistance center that supports state and federal health initiatives. Amanda volunteers as a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health agency in the country, and board advisor for Strong 365 and Art With Impact (AWI).
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 Studios, a consulting and full service media production firm specializing in short documentary filmmaking, social marketing strategy, and multimedia resources. Signature projects have included a video series about youth psychosis with Columbia University; 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. As a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS), Amanda works on curricula, multimedia, and research for various state and federal health and social initiatives across the U.S.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys SCUBA, snowboarding, hiking, filming, drawing, and reading.