Amanda Lipp, 27, is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and speaker passionate about mental health, technology, and philanthropy.
Amanda has given over 150 speeches locally and globally, and produced over 20 short documentaries to influence policy and practice related to youth suicide, psychosis, schizophrenia, and treatment paradigms. Amanda is the youngest Board Director of the nation's largest grassroots mental health nonprofit, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), having previously served six years on the NAMI CA board when she was appointed age 19. She also currently serves as a Board Advisor for Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Board Advisor for Art With Impact (AWI) international film festival.
As Founder & CEO of The Giving Gallery, a global online platform selling art to fundraise for mental health nonprofits, Amanda secured partnerships with two of the largest mental health nonprofits in the U.S., Mental Health America (MHA), and Active Minds. Speaking and filmmaking clients have included Princeton University, Columbia University's OnTrackNY program, Sutter Health, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As a Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS), a nonprofit that supports grantees of state and federal funds, Amanda works with clients on LGBTQ and behavioral health initiatives, including President Obama’s Now Is The Time initiative. Previously, Amanda worked at the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) where she co-designed the first U.S.-hosted 7th International Together Against Stigma conference co-hosted by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). Amanda is currently an Executive Fellow for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP) in Sacramento. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2014, with a B.S. in Human Development.
Amanda's hobbies include scuba diving, mountain biking, snowboarding, and kickboxing. She was born, raised, and resides in Sacramento, California.