Amanda Lipp, 27, is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, and speaker passionate about mental health, storytelling, and philanthropy.
She is Founder & CEO of The Giving Gallery, Director & Filmmaker of Lipp Studios, and Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS).
At 19, Amanda was appointed to the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She served six years on the NAMI CA board, and in 2017 was elected to the NAMI National board, providing governance to over 1,000 chapters and strategy for a $15 million dollar annual budget. Amanda has given over 150 speeches locally and globally sharing lessons from her psychiatric hospitalization to becoming an advocate and entrepreneur. Amanda is currently an Executive Fellow for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP), and serves on numerous boards including, the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM) - a philanthropically funded research initiative led by the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amanda graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2014, with a B.S. in Human Development.
As Founder & CEO of The Giving Gallery, an online platform that sells 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. As Director & Filmmaker of Lipp Studios, Amanda has made over 20 short documentary films and educational comic books about youth psychosis, suicide prevention, and workplace mental health - clients including Sutter Health and Columbia University's OnTrackNY program. 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, substance use, and behavioral health initiatives, including President Obama’s Now Is The Time mental health 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's hobbies include scuba diving, kickboxing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She was born and raised in Sacramento, California.