Patrick J. Kennedy

Former Congressman; Founder, The Kennedy Forum

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) was the lead sponsor of the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which required insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer. He is a lifelong mental health advocate and founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank focused on advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming for the treatment and prevention of mental health and substance use disorders. Kennedy is also co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research, and co-chair of Mental Health for US, a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations during the 2020 election cycle. In 2015, he co-authored, “A Common Struggle,” a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. In 2017, Kennedy served on the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, The National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Rosenberg was President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health from 2004 until 2019. Under her leadership, the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with over 3000 member organizations serving 10 million Americans. Prior to joining the National Council, Linda was New York State’s Senior Deputy Commission for Mental Health where she opened New York’s first Mental Health Court; implemented NY’s assisted outpatient program, Kendra’s Law; designed services and housing for the homeless; and developed and operated a Home and Community Waiver Program for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. Linda has joined the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry where she is focusing on government and business relations. She is also a strategic advisor to nonprofit organizations, foundations, and private sector companies on the design and delivery of behavioral health services.

Brandon Staglin

President, One Mind

As President of One Mind, Brandon Staglin channels his experience in communications, advocacy, and personal schizophrenia recovery to drive brain health research programs to heal lives. He has originated One Mind’s ASPIRe initiative, to expand and improve early care for youth facing serious psychiatric illness to meaningfully enhance public health. Brandon earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from UCSF in 2018. He has received numerous awards for his brain health advocacy, including the Lifetime Achievement VOICE Award from SAMHSA and the Clifford W. Beers Award from Mental Health America.

Elyn Saks

Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Gould School of Law

Elyn Saks is Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the USC Gould School of Law; Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. She received her JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Science from the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She writes extensively in the area of law and mental health, having published five books and more than fifty articles and book chapters. Her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, describes her struggles with schizophrenia and her managing to craft a good life for herself in the face of it. In 2013, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to a three-year term on the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council. She also serves as a board member of Mental Health Advocacy Services, Bring Change 2 Mind, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the Burton Blatt Institute.

Barbara Ricci

Senior Advisor, Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Barbara Ricci is a senior advisor on behavioral health for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her team are writing a philanthropic guide for donors in mental health and substance misuse. In 2018, she retired from a 30 year career at major financial services firms to work full time in the mental health sector. Barbara was a board director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness from 2016-2019 and board president of NAMI NYC Metro from 2013-2016. She has authored or co-authored articles in journals such as the Harvard Business Review and Psychiatric Services. She earned her BA from Franklin and Marshall College and, in 2019, her Exec. MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She was awarded NYU’s Presidential Award for distinguished service in civic engagement.

Bob Boorstin

Senior Vice President, ASG

Bob Boorstin is a Senior Vice President at ASG, where he helps clients with communications and corporate social responsibility strategies. Prior to joining ASG, Bob spent more than 25 years in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. During the Clinton administration, he worked at the National Security Council as the President's chief speechwriter, advised the Secretary of Treasury on foreign policy and communications, and counseled the Secretary of State on developing world issues. Following his time in government, he began his professional life as a reporter for The New York Times and other publications. He earned his M.Phil. in International Relations at King's College, Cambridge, and his B.A. in History from Harvard University. Since his diagnosis with manic depression in 1987, he has been a leading public advocate for those with serious mental illness and their families. He has lectured on mental health in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.