Ricci-240.jpgBarbara A. Ricci
Nominated by NAMI New York State

Member, NAMI New York City Metro
Listen to Barbara's Candidate Speech

Job Title or Position:

  • Principal

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI National Board of Directors, 2016-2019
  • NAMI New York City Metro, Director, Treasurer, President, 2007-2017

NAMI Program Leader Experience:

  • NAMI Family-to-Family

Board Service:

  • Arthur Miller Foundation, Treasurer, 2016 to present. InUnity Alliance, Director, 2019 to present. MQ Foundation, Director, 2022-present. Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc, Director, 2022-present.

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Individual with first-person experience of mental illness, Family member or direct support of someone with mental illness, Non-profit advocate

Candidate Strengths Assessment

The candidate indicated they have experience in the following areas that will help NAMI achieve its mission and strategic goals:

  • Advocacy, Banking/Trusts/Investments, Business/Nonprofit Administration, Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Financial Management/Accounting, Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation

The candidate indicated they have connections and networks in the following areas:

  • Philanthropy

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-oriented, Consensus Builder, Innovator, Outcome-oriented, Risk Taker, Team Player

Candidate Narrative

The candidate indicated specific skill areas identified as high priority for the 2024-2025 Board where they excel and additional skill areas that would be an asset to the NAMI Board: 

I worked in financial services for 30 years including my time as Managing Director in Global Markets at UBS and Deutsche Bank. I earned my MPA (’19) and an Advanced Certificate in Social Finance (’23) from New York University. I have deep knowledge of various revenue models and am skilled in financial oversight and management. In 2019 I helped launch and served as the Founding Executive Director for Mindful Philanthropy, a non profit organization created to catalyze new philanthropic funding into the mental health and substance use disorders sectors.

I personally have helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by...
I have a long history of volunteering locally and nationally with NAMI. I served as NAMI New York City Metro’s Board President 2013-2016 and Board Treasurer 2007-2013. I served on NAMI’s board from 2016-2019 and co-chaired the Policy Committee and served as Board Treasurer. Recently I completed NAMI Family-to-Family leadership training and will begin facilitating classes for NAMI New York City Metro this year.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by...
I worked closely with NAMI leadership and external stakeholders over the years. In 2017 I helped raise $2.6 million in gross proceeds in support of NAMI by partnering with leadership from 100 Women in Finance, a global, practitioner-driven non profit organizations that serves more than 15,000 professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries.

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