Amanda Lipp, 27, is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and speaker passionate about mental health storytelling & philanthropy.
As Founder & CEO of The Giving Gallery, a global 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 Creative Director of Lipp Studios, Amanda has made over 20 short documentary films and comic book resources 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. As a public speaker since age 18, Amanda has given over 150 speeches locally and globally sharing lessons from her psychiatric hospitalization to becoming an advocate and entrepreneur. 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).
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. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness program (TAM) - a philanthropically funded research initiative led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Advisory Board of Art With Impact (AWI) - an international mental health film festival. 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.