Amanda Lipp, 26, is Founder and CEO of The Giving Gallery, Creative Director of Lipp Studios, and Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS). She is passionate about tech-philanthropy, mental health, and social entrepreneurship.
As CEO of The Giving Gallery, an online platform that sells art 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 directed over 20 short documentary films, clients including Columbia University and Sutter Health. With 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 grant recipients. Previously, Amanda worked at the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) in Sacramento, where she co-designed the first U.S.-hosted 7th International Together Against Stigma conference co-hosted by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).
At 20, Amanda was appointed to the board of the largest mental health nonprofit in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Amanda served six years for NAMI California, and in 2017 was elected to the NAMI national board, providing governance to over 1,000 affiliates across the U.S., and strategic planning for a $15 million dollar annual budget. She has given over 150 speeches locally and globally, sharing lessons from her psychiatric hospitalization, and stories working with nonprofits advocating for mental health and social impact causes. She is currently a nominee for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP), class of 2018. Amanda graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2014, with a B.S. in Human Development.